Tag: Government surveillance

FBI Obtained FISA Warrant To Monitor Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page

Last summer, the FBI applied for and was granted a secret court order allowing agents to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to candidate Donald Trump, “after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,…

Trump: I Think Susan Rice Committed Crime, Declines To Provide Proof

President Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The New York Times that he believes former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president told the Times, though he declined…

Nunes Calls Off All House Intel Meetings This Week

During escalating tensions for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to recuse himself from investigations of Trump team contacts with Russian officials on Tuesday morning, Nunes reportedly canceled all upcoming full committee meetings. Multiple outlets reported the move, based on sources, the morning of a public hearing set for Tuesday, which Nunes had previously…

Comey, Rogers Debunk Trump’s Wiretap Claims

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have worked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that…

GOP Leader: ‘No Evidence’ Trump Was Wiretapped

In a Wednesday press conference, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said officials “don’t have any evidence” that the Obama administration ordered wiretapping of Donald Trump while he was running for president. “Are you going to take the tweets literally?” he asked. “If you are, then clearly the president is wrong.” However, Nunes also…

Colbert Mocks Kellyanne Conway ‘Microwaves With Cams’ Remarks

Stephen Colbert mocked Kellyanne Conway comments about that “microwaves that turn into cameras” could have been used to spy on President Trump’s campaign. “It’s true, it’s true, microwaves that turn into cameras. How do you think we film this show? Jim, show them camera three,” Colbert said as the camera panned to a microwave on…

Spicer: Trump Didn’t Mean Wiretapping When He Tweeted About Wiretapping

The White House on Monday walked back key point of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn’t referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. “I think there’s no question that the Obama…

Kellyane Conway: Microwaves Turn Into Cameras To Spy On Us [VIDEO]

Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to President Donald Trump, doubled down Sunday night on claims that President Obama had wiretapped and spied on Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election. As usual, Conway’s comments, which were made in an interview at her home in Alpine, New Jersey, were not supported by any evidence. She…

New Report: AT&T Spying on Americans [VIDEO]

An AT&T system meant to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) by searching through the company’s millions of stored phone records was used to help a broad array of government agencies on cases from Medicaid fraud to murder, according to a new report Tuesday. Law enforcement officials pay the telecommunications giant from $100,000 to $1…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Canada Monitoring User’s Websites File Downloads [VIDEO]

Canada’s electronic spy agency analyze millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. “Every single thing that you do — in this case uploading/downloading files to these sites — that act is being…

Radars Let Police See Inside Homes [VIDEO]

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have access to radar devices that enable them to see through walls to detect whether anyone is inside, a practice that was otherwise unknown to the public until it surfaced last month in a federal appeals court. The device, Range-R, has raised new legal concern over government surveillance…

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…

Twitter Sues DOJ for Right to Reveal Surveillance Requests

Twitter Inc. sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, intensifying the Internet company’s battle with federal agencies as the self-described champion of free speech seeks the right to publicly reveal more details about the extent of government surveillance. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, Twitter argued that current…

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…

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…

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.…

Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has declared “mission accomplished”, seven months after revelations were first published from his mass leak of National Security Agency documents. The documents, which were leaked to the Guardian and also the Washington Post and Der Spiegel, revealed how technological developments were used by the US surveillance agency to spy on its own…

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if granted asylum

Edward Snowden wrote in an “open letter to the Brazilian people” that he would be willing to help their government investigate U.S. spying if granted political asylum. In the letter, obtained by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Snowden says he was impressed by Brazil’s criticism of the National Security Agency spying program.