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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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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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Former judge admits flaws in secret court overseeing NSA programs

Former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge James Robertson, testifies in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's workshop regarding Surveillance 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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