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Government releases declassified documents on NSA spying authorization

By Deborah Charles and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents…

U.S. intelligence: Future shortages will lead to ‘water as a weapon’

The world may see the failure of key states and even regional wars dotting the globe, all over one thing that’s seemingly ubiquitous today in most industrialized societies: water. A report (PDF) by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, released Thursday but originally prepared for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary…

U.S. accuses China, Russia of cyber spying

The Chinese are the world’s “most active and persistent perpetrators” of economic espionage, a US intelligence agency said on Thursday in an unusually blunt report on a sensitive topic. The report on foreign cyber spying efforts submitted to the US Congress also pointed the finger at Russia’s intelligence services, saying…

U.S. creates task force to prevent future WikiLeaks breaches

By Laura MacInnis and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday announced steps to clamp down on who can access classified information, seeking to avert another WikiLeaks-scale breach of military documents and diplomatic cables. The presidential order requires U.S. agencies to appoint senior people to prevent and…

White House threatens to veto intelligence bill

President Barack Obama’s administration threatened to veto the renewal of the Intelligence Authorization Act for the fiscal year of 2012, unless changes are made to protect diplomatic communications and ensure a speedy confirmation of the director of the National Security Agency. The bill, H.R.1892, is estimated by the Congressional Budget…

Under cover of debt crisis, Senate looks to extend telco spying immunity

Legislation which changed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to give U.S. telecoms immunity from prosecution for participating in legally-ambiguous spying programs, isn’t set to expire until 2012 — but one group of U.S. Senators appears to see opportunity in crisis. Amid the calamitous debt-limit talks seizing Washington in recent…

Senator Lieberman: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – An influential US Senator said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working “seriously” to develop nuclear weapons. “I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman,…

Kucinich challenges tea party to stand up for civil liberties

WASHINGTON – The House is set to take up a measure this week renewing key provisions of the PATRIOT Act that expire Feb. 28. Liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) issued a challenge to tea party supporters and lawmakers in the new Congress: time to show you’re serious about liberty. “The…

Intelligence director knew his days were numbered

Powered by Mochila Intelligence director knew his days were numbered Writing on wall: So many rumors he’d get canned that Obama’s intelligence chief joked about it KIMBERLY DOZIER AP News May 21, 2010 06:17 EDT For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and…

US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair resigns

Dennis Blair, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, resigned Thursday following a series of intelligence failures and a tenure marked by rocky internal struggles. A retired Navy admiral, Blair was the third director of national intelligence, a position created in response to the 9/11 attacks. The Director of National Intelligence…

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