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Homegrown Terrorism

By Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt
December 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — The day before Thanksgiving, President Obama reassured Americans there was “no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.” Seven days later came an explosion of gunfire and the deadliest terrorist attack in America since Sept. 11, 2001.

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The New York Times: AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

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The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. The agency has gotten access to billions of emails with the cooperation of AT&T. (Credit: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

By Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
August 15, 2015

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA

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Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA

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By Joshua Brustein
December 11, 2014

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

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Reuters: New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A mobile phone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to a tablet computer showing the logo of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is seen in this multiple exposure picture illustration taken in Frankfurt October 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

By Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:38pm EDT

(Reuters) – Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday.

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NYTimes: Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A.

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By DAVID E. SANGER and BRIAN X. CHEN
SEPT. 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities.

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CNN: New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes

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By Evan Perez, CNN
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Wed August 6, 2014

(CNN) — The federal government has concluded there’s a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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National Security
Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net
By Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani
July 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

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NYTimes: N.S.A. collecting millions of faces from web images

By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS
MAY 31, 2014

The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.

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WashPost: A House committee has voted unanimously to rein in the NSA

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By Brian Fung
May 7 at 6:05 pm

A key House committee has approved a package of NSA reforms that would end the spy agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, nearly a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program’s existence.

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WashPost: Surveillance court rejected Verizon challenge to NSA calls program

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By Ellen Nakashima
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Verizon in January filed a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s program that collects billions of Americans’ call-detail records, but a surveillance court rejected it, according to newly declassified documents and individuals with knowledge of the matter.

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NationalJournal: Supreme Court Declines Review of NSA Phone Spying

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By Dustin Volz
April 7, 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday opted to not take up the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that collects bulk telephone data of millions of Americans, a decision that arrives as the other two branches of government are moving forward with reforms to the controversial practice.

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NationalJournal: The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer

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The spy agency is not above infecting networks with malware by posing as the social-media site, according to newly released Snowden files.

National Journal

By Dustin Volz
March 12, 2014

This just in from the Edward Snowden vault of government secrets: The National Security Agency is breaking into “potentially millions of computers worldwide” and infecting them with malware “implants” as part of an effort that is increasingly relying on automated systems and not human oversight, according to a by First Look Media report published Wednesday.

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David Hawkings

By David Hawkings
Posted at 5:50 p.m. on March 12

Few senators wait until their 80s, or the start of their third decade in office, to have their breakout moment. But that’s what this past year has been for Dianne Feinstein.

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LATimes: Sen. Dianne Feinstein defends NSA and need for intelligence gathering

By Seema Mehta
February 19, 2014, 10:19 p.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government’s collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties.

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NationalJournal: Feds: NSA ‘Probably’ Spies on Members of Congress

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The admission is hardly surprising, but expect lawmakers to feign outrage anyway.

National Journal

By Dustin Volz
February 4, 2014

The National Security Agency “probably” collects phone records of members of Congress and their staffs, a senior Justice Department official conceded Tuesday.

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NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.

Technology
NSA Phone Program Is Illegal, Privacy Board Says
By Brendan Sasso
January 23, 2014

The National Security Agency’s program collecting records on virtually all U.S. phone calls violates the law, according to a government privacy board.

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The New Yorker: Snowden Calls Russian-Spy Story “Absurd” in Exclusive Interview

Edward Snowden

January 21, 2014
Posted by Jane Mayer

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, strongly denies allegations made by members of Congress that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power, when he took hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Speaking from Moscow, where he is a fugitive from American justice, Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.”

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LATimes: NSA surveillance: What’s changing, what isn’t

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By David Lauter
January 17, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Obama has proposed changes in how the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence bodies conduct surveillance and collect data. Here’s a summary of what he’s proposing to change and what’s staying the same:

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McClatchyDC: Obama’s changes to phone surveillance unlikely to satisfy critics

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By Anita Kumar
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 16, 2014 – Updated 16 hours ago

No matter what President Barack Obama announces Friday when he unveils changes to the federal government’s surveillance programs, he won’t appease critics on the most important question he faces: what to do with the massive collection and storage of phone records.

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WashPost: Behind-the-scenes, White House preoccupied by NSA surveillance controversy

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Patrick Semansky/AP – The National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.

By David Nakamura
Published: January 9, 2014

In public, President Obama has focused this week on income inequality, touting initiatives to help the poor and unemployed. But in private, the president and his top aides have spent more time dealing with another issue.

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Reuters: U.S. court allows more phone snooping

Antennas of the former NSA listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill or Devil's Mountain in Berlin

Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil’s Mountain in Berlin, November 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 3, 2014 9:05pm EST

(Reuters) – The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the authority of U.S. intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans’ telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights.

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WashPost: NSA collection of phone data is lawful, federal judge rules

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By Sari Horwitz
Saturday, December 28, 2013

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the massive collection of domestic telephone data brought to light by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is lawful, rejecting a challenge to the program by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: The former NSA contractor’s leaks have altered the U.S. government’s relationship with its citizens and the rest of the world. Six months later, he reflects.

By Barton Gellman
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.

He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.

“I’ll see you there,” he said.

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NYTImes: White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: December 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.

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Mashable: Edward Snowden Is Runner-Up for TIME’s Person of the Year

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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai1
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Edward Snowden came in second place for TIME’s Person of the Year, losing the top spot to Pope Francis, editors announced Wednesday morning.

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WashPost: NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

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By Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
Thursday, December 5, 2013

The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

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Time: Guardian Editor Says Paper Published Only 1% of Snowden NSA Leaks

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Defends paper’s role in publishing Edward Snowden leaks
By Denver Nicks – @DenverNicks
Dec. 03, 20133 Comments

The Guardian has published only one percent of the leaked documents it received from former NSA contractor and famed leaker Edward Snowden, the newspaper’s editor said Tuesday.

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The Hill: White House backs global spying

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By Julian Pecquet and Justin Sink – 10/28/13 08:35 PM ET

The White House on Monday defended the National Security Agency amid criticism from world leaders over its surveillance efforts.

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NationalJournal: Patriot Act Architect Plans Bill to Deconstruct NSA

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By Dustin Volz
October 10, 2013

One of the more serious congressional threats to the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs could come from one of the unlikeliest of sources: a primary sponsor of the Patriot Act.

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NYTimes: N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

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By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS
Published: September 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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LATimes: FISA court defends NSA surveillance decisions

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says National Security Agency practices aren’t unconstitutional because numbers dialed aren’t private.

By David G. Savage
September 17, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans.

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US News: Declassified Documents Reveal NSA Privacy Violations

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Declassified National Security Agency documents have spurred criticism of government surveillance programs.

Agency’s spying programs violated court standards, disclosures show
By Tom Risen
September 11, 2013 RSS Feed Print

More than 1,800 pages of declassified documents reveal that the National Security Agency (NSA) violated the privacy protections of Americans between 2006 and 2009 by failing to meet a court-ordered standard for its phone data collection program.

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WashPost: NSA paying U.S. companies for access to communications networks

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By Craig Timberg and Barton Gellman
Published: August 29

The National Security Agency is paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to U.S. companies for clandestine access to their communications networks, filtering vast traffic flows for foreign targets in a process that also sweeps in large volumes of American telephone calls, e-mails and instant messages.

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NYTimes: N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal, A.C.L.U. Says

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By SCOTT SHANE
Published: August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a detailed legal attack on the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone call data, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court papers filed Monday that the sweeping data gathering violates the Constitution and should be halted.
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Politico: Lawmakers, privacy groups rattled by latest NSA reveal

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By TONY ROMM and ALEX BYERS | 8/21/13 11:05 PM EDT

Congressional critics of government surveillance blasted the NSA and promised additional hearings after the Obama administration on Wednesday declassified documents that show thousands of Americans’ emails had been scooped up.

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Reuters: Guardian says Britain made it destroy Snowden material

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By Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden

LONDON | Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:35am EDT

(Reuters) – The British authorities forced the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a “pointless” move that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British surveillance programs.

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By Michael Isikoff
NBC News National Investigative Correspondent

The owner of an encrypted email service used by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he has been threatened with criminal charges for refusing to comply with a secret surveillance order to turn over information about his customers.

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Dianne Feinstein

California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013
By Michael Doyle | McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Some secrets don’t faze Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She keeps plenty, after all, as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But the 15-member panel that the California Democrat has led since 2009 is scrambling to catch up with the latest public revelations about government spying.

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WashPost: NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

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By Barton Gellman
Published: August 15 E-mail the writer

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

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Barack Obama

By Andrea Peterson
Published: August 15 at 10:28 pmE-mail the writer

At a news conference Friday, President Obama insisted that the threat of NSA abuses was mostly theoretical:

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LATimes: NSA faces backlash over collecting phone data

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Federal officials continue to defend the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records, but public and congressional support is eroding. Even supporters say changes may be needed.

By Ken Dilanian
July 27, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A reporter recently asked the National Security Agency’s chief a blunt question: Why can’t he come up with a better example of a terrorism plot foiled through the bulk collection of U.S. phone records?

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LATimes: House defeats bid to curtail NSA’s collection of phone records

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By Ken Dilanian and Michael A. Memoli
July 24, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON – After furious lobbying by the Obama administration and Republican leaders, the House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly defeated an amendment that would have curtailed the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. phone calling records revealed recently by Edward Snowden.

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Time (AP): Obama, Lawmakers Square Off Over NSA Authority

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Domestic Surveillance
By AP / Donna Cassata and Josh Lederman July 23, 20

(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration squared off with skeptical lawmakers Tuesday over efforts to terminate the government’s authority to collect phone records of millions of Americans, a proposition that exposed sharp divisions among members of Congress.

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InlandPolitics: From the internet

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

A photo collage that speaks volumes.

TheAtlantieWire: Whatever Happened to Those Obama Scandals?

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Philip Bump
Jul 17, 2013

Those of you who are old enough may remember a time when Barack Obama was plagued with scandal. “Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill,” Politico yelped. The suffix “-gate” was added to various words.

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Philip Bump
Jul 17, 2013

As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated.

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By David Ingram
WASHINGTON | Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:36pm EDT

(Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies went too far when they built a massive database of all daily telephone call records and may have jeopardized political support for the very law they relied on to create it, members of Congress said on Wednesday.

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WashPost: FISA court seeks release of declassified filings in secret Yahoo case

By Carol D. Leonnig
Published: July 15 E-mail the writer

The secret surveillance court that approved the U.S. government’s broad collection of millions of Americans’ e-mail and telephone records called Monday for the Obama administration to declassify and release as much as it can of one of the court’s early legal decisions sanctioning that collection.

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NationalJournal: Americans Shift Their View Against U.S. Surveillance Programs

By Matt Vasilogambros
Updated: July 10, 2013 | 9:33 a.m.
July 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

In the aftermath of the Edward Snowden NSA surveillance leaks, American attitudes towards U.S. counterterrorism efforts have drastically shifted.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Monday, July 1, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Monday Morning.

California Gas Tax now highest in U.S.

Keeping on a course of raising taxes as high as possible, California now has the highest excise tax on gasoline.

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InlandPolitics: Snowden matter a three-ring circus

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 – 06:00 p.m.

The drama over Former national Security Analyst Edward Snowden has now reached an embarrassing twist.

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NSA

By Ellen Nakashima
Published: June 19, 2013

The National Security Agency’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records has “played little or no role” in the disruption of dozens of terrorist plots, contrary to Obama administration assertions, said two U.S. senators who have access to classified information.

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cNet: NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls

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National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. That authorization appears to extend to e-mail and text messages too.

by Declan McCullagh
June 15, 2013 4:39 PM PDT

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant said.

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The Atlantic: The Security Industrial Complex

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The culture of secrecy in Washington has become absurd.
David Rohde
June 15, 2013 – 9:20 AM ET

An odd thing is happening in the world’s self-declared pinnacle of democracy. No one — except a handful of elected officials and an army of contractors — is allowed to know how America’s surveillance leviathan works.

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NSA

By STEPHEN BRAUN, ANNE FLAHERTY, JACK GILLUM and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press
Posted: 06/15/2013 10:02:02 AM PDT
Updated: 06/15/2013 10:02:05 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers.

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LATimes: Facebook releases information on NSA requests for user data

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By Jessica Guynn
June 14, 2013, 7:14 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Looking to shield itself from a growing public backlash over damaging revelations that it turned over user data to the National Security Agency’s clandestine Internet surveillance program Prism, Facebook said late Friday it had reached an agreement to divulge some details about the government requests it receives for information about its users.

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U.S. Capitol

By David Lightman | McClatchy Washington Bureau
Friday, June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — The American people are growing increasingly concerned about reports of domestic spying. And Congress isn’t sure how to respond.

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LATimes: ACLU sues Obama administration over NSA surveillance

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Private contractors with top security clearance, like Edward Snowden, have become very common in the federal government.

By Morgan Little
June 11, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against key members of President Obama’s national security team over the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance, the first legal challenge to the newly disclosed intelligence gathering system.

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The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong
The Guardian, Saturday 8 June 2013

Link to video: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things’

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

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LATimes: Intelligence chief acknowledges surveillance program

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
June 8, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top intelligence official formally acknowledged the Internet surveillance program code-named PRISM on Saturday, saying it had obtained foreign intelligence information from U.S. Internet companies under laws passed by Congress and with oversight from a secret intelligence court.

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LATimes: Obama defends NSA surveillance programs in California stop

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By Christi Parsons
June 7, 2013, 10:07 a.m.

SAN JOSE — President Obama said Friday that the government is not listening to the phone calls and reading the emails of Americans, but warned that the country “can’t have 100% security” and still have “100% privacy.”

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WSJ: People’s Locations Could Be Tracked

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June 7, 2013, 6:49 p.m. ET
By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES

Data collected by the National Security Agency’s program that monitors Americans’ phone calls could be used to track millions of people’s locations through their mobile devices at any given time, according to people familiar with cellphone systems.

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AP: US officials long denied massive data trawling

By STEPHEN BRAUN
Associated Press
June 8, 2013 – 3:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, top officials of the Bush and Obama administrations dismissed fears about secret government data-mining by reassuring Congress that there were no secret nets trawling for Americans’ phone and Internet records.

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By Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras
Published: June 6 | Updated: Friday, June 7, 7:51 AM

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

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Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian, Wednesday 5 June 2013

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

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