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CIA amassing a huge database on Americans’ financial data

The Central Intelligence Agency is amassing a huge database of international money transfers that includes the financial and personal data of millions of Americans, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation works with the CIA to collect large amounts of data on international transactions…

Senate bill ‘entrenches and codifies’ NSA mass surveillance, privacy advocates warn

Legislation in the Senate to reform the government’s sweeping surveillance powers would do little more than codify current practices, critics say. In a 11-4 vote, the Senate’s intelligence committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase transparency of the National Security Agency but also would enshrine the bulk collection of…

Minnesota man sues NSA, DHS after they try to quash his parody merchandise

A Minnesota man is suing for the right to continue selling merchandise online that parodies the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Dan McCall sells T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and other items that are printed by online retailer Zazzle.com and also sold on CafePress.com and his own…

Report: NSA tracked 60 million phone calls in Spain in single month

U.S. security services tracked 60 million telephone calls in Spain in a single month, according to leaked document published Monday in a leading Spanish newspaper. The National Security Agency tracked the origin and destination of calls and their duration, U.S. blogger Glenn Greenwald said in a story in El Mundo,…

Anti-spying groups rally against NSA in ‘Stop Watching Us’ march

A loose coalition of groups assembled in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on Saturday to protest the National Security Agency’s blanket spying on citizens. According to The Hill, the “Stop Watching Us” rally was held Saturday on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Supporters of Libertarians Ron…

CIA suspected Edward Snowden was trying to break into files

While working for the CIA, Edward Snowden was suspected of trying to break into files he did not have access to, but a report from his supervisor on this went unheeded, a newspaper said Thursday night. The New York Times said Snowden’s supervisor wrote a derogatory report on him in…

NSA chief open to letting an independent agency store phone data

The National Security Agency’s director said Tuesday he is open to storing telephone records in a neutral “repository” to alleviate concerns about government snooping. General Keith Alexander, speaking about the controversy over bulk collection of phone “metadata” said his personal view is that more transparency would help restore public trust…

NSA employees used surveillance system to spy on spouses, lovers

The National Security Agency has revealed at least a dozen instances of employees using their surveillance powers to snoop on their lovers or spouses. The agency’s inspector general responded to an inquiry by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) about possible abuses of the controversial surveillance capabilities, listing 12 substantiated cases of…

NSA chief defends his agency’s ‘noble mission’ to defend the U.S.

The head of the National Security Agency Wednesday defended US surveillance programs as part of a “noble” mission to protect the nation and said reports on them were “sensationalized.” “The future of this country depends on our ability to defend against cyber attacks and terrorist threats, and we need the…

NSA tells families of employees: Media outlets have sensationalized leaks

The National Security Agency has sent a letter to its employees’ family members, in an effort to “reassure” relatives about the agency’s work. The letter, signed by NSA director General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis, is dated 13 September and is addressed to “NSA/CSS family”. It characterises press…

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