Edward Snowden

Dec. 11, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., presides over his committee's hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities," on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and […]

12/19/2013

This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia shows Richard Leon, the judge who declared that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional, has a long record of taking on executive branch actions. (AP Photo/U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia)

Is 1976 robbery legally relevant to NSA spying?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The small-time case of a Baltimore purse-snatcher who got nabbed after crank-calling his victim in 1976 laid the legal groundwork for today’s worldwide government surveillance of telephone records in the name of […]

12/17/2013

Video frame grab provided by The Guardian shows whistle blower Edward Snowden. (AP Photo)

Snowden writes that NSA’s indiscriminate spying ‘collapsing’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy “open letter to the people of Brazil” that he’s been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of […]

12/17/2013

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Judge deals NSA defeat on bulk phone collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches. The judge put his decision on hold pending a nearly certain government […]

12/16/2013

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White House to keep NSA and cyber oversight together

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, the first move in advance of what published reports […]

12/13/2013

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

NSA says there’s no better way to protect US than surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet […]

12/11/2013

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Roman Catholic church’s new leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way […]

12/11/2013

In this undated file photo made available by Google shows the campus-network room at a data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou, File)

Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games

LONDON (AP) — American and British intelligence has been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported Monday, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies packed virtual universes full of undercover agents and […]

12/09/2013

Hundreds of fans funnel hot air from computer servers into a cooling unit to be recirculated at a Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou, File)

Tech giants call for controls on gov’t snooping

LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance. […]

12/09/2013

The sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by […]

12/06/2013

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AT&T says it doesn’t have to disclose NSA dealings

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers’ communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn’t required to disclose […]

12/06/2013

Iain Lobban director of electronic surveillance agency GCHQ in the UK.  (AP Photo / Parliamentary Recording Unit)

UK spy bosses: Al-Qaida is loving Snowden leaks

LONDON (AP) — Al-Qaida and other terror groups are having a field day with the leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, U.K. spy chiefs told lawmakers Thursday in a strong condemnation of […]

11/07/2013

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