Ars Technica NSA snooping debate heats up in Congress CBS News The bill would strip the NSA of its authority to collect records in bulk -- the security agency would have to show that a specific individual is under investigation before collecting...
NSA Leaks About Spying Are Scaring Some Americans Away From The Internet Huffington Post Last month former government contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the National Security Agency, as part of its anti-terrorism efforts, had...
WASHINGTON — U.S. sanctions against any country offering asylum to Edward Snowden advanced in Congress on Wednesday as the 30-year-old National Security Agency leaker remained in a Moscow airport while Russia weighed a request for him to stay...
In aftershock of leaks, reformers take a stab at NSA powers MSNBC Allowing private companies to retain communications records: Rather than allow the National Security Agency to hoover up communications records, legislators are considering a...
US lawmakers will begin debate as early as Tuesday on whether to halt intelligence agencies from spying on millions of Americans, but senior senators warned the effort was "unwise." (RT @data_nerd: US House to debate funding for NSA data mining | ...
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Tuesday urged the United States to revamp its surveillance laws and practices, warning that the country will "live to regret it" if it fails to do so.
"If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will all live to regret it," Wyden said during a keynote address on the National Security Agency's data collection programs hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
"The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance state that cannot be reversed," he added.
Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that people's smartphones can be used as a tracking device to monitor their whereabouts and activities. He argued that privacy protections need to be put in place so the government cannot engage in mobile phone tracking in the future.
"The piece of technology we consider vital to the conduct of our everyday personal and professional life … happens to be a combination phone bug, listening device, location tracker and hidden camera," he said.
"Without adequate protections built into the law there’s no way that Americans can ever be sure that the government isn’t going to interpret its authorities more and more broadly, year after year, until the idea of a tele-screen monitoring your every move turns from dystopia to reality," Wyden added.
Unusual set of allies brace for House vote on NSA surveillance NBCNews.com But a 33-year old conservative lawmaker's proposal to defund a National Security Agency surveillance program has achieved that feat, forging unlikely alliances on both sides...
Rep. Mike Pompeo who, along with Rep. Richard Nugent, whipped up the "red herring" amendment designed to draw support away from Rep. Justin Amash's more direct NSA-defunding effort, took to the mic to do a bit of orating before his amendment sailed through on a 409-12 vote.
Pompeo's amendment did little more than restate what the NSA already does while giving the appearance some sort of funding might be on the line. His amendment dealt with Section 702, which already forbids the targeting of Americans, something that hadn't been nearly as controversial as the NSA's "anything goes" interpretation of Section 215, which Amash's amendment targeted.
"I want to make clear to everyone that contrary to the suggestions of some, the NSA has not been acting outside the scope of its authorities," he said on the House floor. "The metadata program is carefully designed with program layers of oversight by all three branches of government. This is precisely the way our government ought to operate: with input from Article I and Article 2 and Article III of the United States Constitution."
"Some" should be "many" and saying "acting outside the scope of its authorities" makes the assumption there's some sort of credible authority presiding over its actions. A "carefully designed" program doesn't tend to raise more questions than it answers when deployed. And as for Pompeo's "oversight" and reference to the system of checks and balances? Both are a complete, horrific joke at this point.
It's time to debate NSA program Politico Every day, it seems, brings disturbing new revelations about the National Security Agency's program to collect phone and email metadata, raising serious questions for our country.
The National Security Agency probably knew this already, but on Tuesday morning the organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival announced that the event will open this year with “The Fifth Estate,” Bill Condon’s biographical film about WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.
“The Fifth Estate” will be presented on Sept. 5 at the Toronto festival, which will run through Sept. 15 and close with “Life of Crime,” a thriller directed by Daniel Schechter and adapted from the Elmore Leonard novel “The Switch,” with a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will Forte.
Among the gala presentations that were announced for the festival are the world premieres of “August: Osage County,” John Wells’s film adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor; and “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” which stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela in a biographical film by Justin Chadwick.
Special presentations at the festival will include “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor; “Devil’s Knot,” Atom Egoyan’s film drama about the West Memphis Three murders; “Enough Said,” a new comedy by Nicole Holofcener; “Labor Day,” from Jason Reitman; and “You Are Here,” directed by the “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.
Politico Tech lobbying reports barely scratch NSA issue Politico Tech companies have publicly petitioned Washington for the ability to disclose more about their work with the National Security Agency — but lobbying reports don't show the industry's...
Christian Science Monitor NSA chief Alexander must clarify "all the rules" to ease Congressional anxiety CBS News (CBS News) House representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recently proposed an amendment challenging the scope and authority of NSA...
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