Tag: NSA

Federal Contractor Charged With Leaking Classified NSA Info

A federal contractor has been charged with leaking a classified National Security Agency document on Russian hacking before the 2016 presidential election to an online media outlet, the Department of Justice announced Monday. Reality Leigh Winner, 25, of Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, admitted to purposely leaking the information, prosecutors said, and she was arrested…

Eric Holder: Snowden ‘Performed a Public Service’ [VIDEO]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said NSA leaker Edward Snowden “performed a public service” by setting off an international debate over governments’ surveillance capabilities. “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged…

Report: Russia, China Crack Top Secret Docs Stolen by Snowden

Russia and China have allegedly decrypted the top-secret cache of files stolen by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from The Sunday Times. Snowden is believed to have downloaded 1.7 million secret documents before he left the US. BBC Reports that UK intelligence agents have been moved because of Russia and China gaining…

Obama Signs NSA Limits Into Law [VIDEO]

On Tuesday night, President Obama signed into law a measure to rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data. The USA Freedom Act will mainly take away storage of so-called metadata from the hands of the NSA and leave it with telephone companies, which could be compelled to turn that data…

Senate fails to save PATRIOT Act, Portions Expired at Midnight

Key provisions of the PATRIOT ACT have expired, at least for a few days. Key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired at midnight after the Senate adjourned after failing to reach a new agreement during a rare Sunday session to extend law. The Senate did vote to advance the USA Freedom Act, a House-passed…

Stewart: Rand Paul Talks NSA & ‘Religious Persecution’ [VIDEO]

“It seems like gay marriage looms a lot larger in the minds of certain conservatives than it does in the Bible,” Stewart told the GOP presidential candidate. “And the only thing I would say is, don’t they sell cakes to sinners all the time, adulterers?” Stewart pointed out that if Paul were to enter a…

Patriot Act Heading for Sunset on June 1st if No Action Taken

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short term extension of the USA Patriot Act. The back-to-back votes left lawmakers without a fallback that is clear, although current law doesn’t expire until midnight May 31. The White House has demanded the Senate…

House Passed Law To End NSA Phone Call Collection [VIDEO]

The House passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday by a vote of 338-88, in an effort to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone metadata. After June 1, the NSA’s authority for collecting the metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act will expire. The Freedom Act aims to keep metadata with…

[VIDEO] Snowden to Oliver: The NSA is Collecting Your Dick Pics

[VIDEO] Snowden to Oliver: NSA Surveillance is Collecting Your Private Photos There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden in Russia to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and how the NSA collects your dick-pics.

Shooting Outside NSA Headquarters Fort Meade 1 Dead [VIDEO]

Someone had opened fire at the entrance of Fort Meade where the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters are located. Reports said one man was killed, and it is possible it was the gunmen. According to Fox, a driver of a vehicle tried to ram Fort Meade’s gate Monday morning, resulting in a shooting, authorities say.

Wikipedia to Sue NSA Over Surveillance

The Wikipedia Foundation will file suit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that the NSA’s Upstream surveillance, a form of mass monitoring of Internet traffic, violates the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech and the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure. The Wikipedia…

Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in…

NSA Has a Google for Private Data

The NSA has built up a secret database with “Google-like” features that allows nearly two dozen government agencies to search through 850 billion records, including calls, emails, and Internet chats. ICREACH has data on the private communication of foreigners and millions of Americans, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. ICREACH appears to have gone…

Edward Snowden Granted Three More Years of Asylum in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden received another three years asylum in Russia Thursday, extending the temporary asylum he was granted last summer after he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden faces charges stateside for leaking classified National Security Agency materials that revealed the existence of several massive surveillance programs, revelations that led to a federal…

NSA Releases the Snowden Email – Read the Email

BREAKING: NSA releases the Snowden email NSA has now explained that they have found one email inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed. The e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse,…

Snowden gives wide-ranging interview to Brian Williams – VIDEO

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Edward Snowden. The former NSA contractor’s first-ever American television interview will air in an hour-long NBC News primetime special on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central.

Watch Snowden RT Interview VIDEO Asking Putin: Do You Spy?

Edward Snowden ask Thursday in a interview with Moscow-run television station Russia Today: “Does Russia intercept, store, or analyze—in any way—the communications of individuals?” Snowden has lived in Moscow for nearly a year since he leaked information from the National Security Agency. Putin responded: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the…

Snowden: NSA spied on human rights workers

The National Security Agency has spied on human rights groups, Edward Snowden tells the Council of Europe. He told the group: “The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States.” Snowden listed Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as among the bodies…

Edward Snowden speaks to TED conference through a robot [VIDEO]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden today (March 18) addressed Vancouver’s TED conference. Unlike other TED2014 speakers, Snowden spoke through a robot, answering questions from TED curator Chris Anderson. Anderson told the $7,500-a-ticket crowd that Snowden was controlling the bot with his laptop from a “remote location somewhere in Russia”. Here’s what Snowden said in response to…

Edward Snowden to speak at SXSW conference

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is getting ready to speak at this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival. (12 PM EST TIME TODAY MONDAY) He’ll participate remotely via video as Snowden remains in Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum. Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking…

Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker

A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information, according to an agency memo obtained by NBC News. In addition, an active duty member of the U.S. military and a contractor have been barred…

Today Is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

Feb. 11 Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Against NSA Surveillance | More than 5,300 web-based companies and other organizations, including Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU, have joined forces to protest National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11. huffo

NSA’s Secret Role in U.S. Assassination Program (Former Drone Operator Speaks to Scahill, Greenwald)

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who…

Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’

Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’ British spies have developed “dirty tricks” for use against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into “honey traps.” Documents taken from the National…

Obama announces major NSA overhaul

President Obama today will announce the end of the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata program “as it currently exists,” a senior administration official says. The official says Obama “will order a transition that will end the Section 215 telephone metadata program as it currently exists, and move to a program that preserves the needed capabilities…

NSA devised radio pathways into computers

The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the agency to monitor those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. The New York Times reported that technology, which has been used by the agency since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel…

Sen. Rand Paul To File Lawsuit Over NSA Spying Practices [VIDEO]

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is suing the Obama administration over the National Security Agency’s spying practices in an effort to “protect the Fourth Amendment,” he told host Eric Bolling Friday on “Hannity.” “The question here is whether or not, constitutionally, you can have a single warrant apply to millions of people,” Paul said. “So we…

N.Y. judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

A federal judge in New York has ruled that a massive federal phone-tracking program is legal. U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued the decision Friday. He says the program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaida’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications. politico

Edward Snowden to broadcast Channel 4’s alternative Christmas Day message

NSA whistleblower records message from Russia, filmed by Laura Poitras, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK surveillance, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he explains his actions.…