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NSA chief admits testing U.S. cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON — National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans’ cell phone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made. Alexander and Director ...

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Justice Scalia expects NSA wiretaps to end up in court

McLEAN, Va. — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the courts will ultimately have to determine the legality of wiretapping by the National Security Agency. And he’s not sure that’s a good thing. Scalia addressed NSA wiretapping Wednesday in a ...

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William A. McComas: Hacking’s New Frontier

In the interests of maintaining a civil society, it is time to establish protocol around the threats posed by hackers and how victims may retaliate. Once restricted to desktop computers, the culture of hacking today affects a wide variety of computing devices embedded in valuable assets and deadly equipment, including weapon systems, cars and homes.

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Hopkins lets professor re-post blog about NSA

WASHINGTON — Johns Hopkins University says it’s allowing one of its professors to re-post a blog about the National Security Agency it previously asked him to remove. Computer security expert Matthew Green wrote on a university-hosted blog Friday about news ...

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Coalition sues to halt NSA electronic surveillance program

Environmental and human rights activists, church leaders and gun rights advocates found common ground on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the federal government to halt a vast National Security Agency electronic surveillance program. The lawsuit was filed in federal court ...

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Former judge admits flaws in secret court overseeing NSA programs

WASHINGTON — A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs denied Tuesday that the judges act as “rubber stamps.” But James Robertson said the system is flawed because of its ...

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William A. McComas: Confronting the surveillance state

Since the UK’s Guardian newspaper and The Washington Post revealed the existence of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, many have expressed surprise and indignation. How could our government in good faith cull the personal data of millions of citizens, they ask? How could it gain access to private communications without our consent? Have our elected leaders allowed the NSA to become an Orwellian behemoth?

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