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Transparency? Now the White House is banning intel staff from discussing media leaks

Head-In-Sand Approach: White House Bans Current & Former Intelligence Staff From Discussing Any Media Leaks (via Techdirt) The Obama administration continues to make incredibly ridiculous decisions in response to the whole Snowden thing. A few weeks ago, we wrote about new rules from James Clapper that banned intelligence community employees…

U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper clamps down on media access

James Clapper Bans Intelligence Community From Basically Any Interaction With Nearly Anyone With A Social Media Account (via Techdirt) Back in 2012, we wrote about how Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared to be a lot more focused on who leaked information about the US involvement in Stuxnet, rather than the question…

NSA believes it can spy on everyone’s location based on existing approvals

Latest Declassified NSA Records Show NSA Believes It Can Spy On Everyone’s Location Based On Existing Approvals (via Techdirt) James Clapper has declassified another batch of documents on the NSA activities. We’ll probably write about a few of them, but let’s start with one that’s getting a lot of initial…

DHS has been using fake Mexican Constitution article to deport American citizens for 35 years

We’re used to our government’s security and intelligence agencies telling lies in order to justify their actions. The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has achieved a sort of infamy for his “least untruthful answer” in response to questioning…  …

White House insists NSA surveillance review will be independent

The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he would neither lead it nor choose the members. Statements by Barack Obama and Clapper on Monday night were widely interpreted as the…

Bipartisan group of senators want public answers on government surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a quarter of the Senate’s members asked the top intelligence official on Friday to release more information on the government’s bulk collection of data on Americans’ communications. Led by Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has long hinted at the broad scope of the…

U.S. striving to prevent WikiLeaks repeat: spy chief

WASHINGTON — The United States is taking “serious and noticeable” measures to prevent another breach of classified files like the massive WikiLeaks document dump, the nation’s spy chief said Thursday. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, said changes were being implemented over the next five years that would create a…

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