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Leaked documents show massive expansion of CIA budget

The CIA has mushroomed into the largest US spy agency with a nearly $15 billion budget as it expands intelligence, cyber sabotage and overseas covert operations, secret leaked documents showed Thursday. Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the government’s “black budget” for fiscal year 2013 to The Washington…

NSA admits: Our analysts ‘willfully violated’ rules of surveillance system

The National Security Agency has admitted that some of its analysts deliberately abused its surveillance systems, with one analyst disciplined for using NSA resources to track a former spouse. The agency said Friday it had found “very rare instances of wilful violations of NSA’s authorities” as officials briefed reporters that…

Dan Rather: NSA ‘is demolishing the trust in the government’

AXS TV anchor Dan Rather and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night said the National Security Agency couldn’t justify its sweeping surveillance powers. Maddow began her segment on MSNBC by noting that any government power was supposed to rely on the consent of the governed. “When the government wants…

NSA spied on Americans until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011

The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said Wednesday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was “a result of a technological…

Audit finds NSA violated ‘thousands’ of its own privacy rules

The National Security Agency (NSA) has breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority several thousand times since being granted sweeping new powers five years ago, the Washington Post reported. The paper said on its website on Thursday the breaches had been revealed after analysis of an internal audit and…

Angry man confronts Republican congressman over NSA surveillance

Republican Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma received a verbal lashing at a town hall meeting on Tuesday from a man upset with the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. “The DEA and the IRS are getting information from the NSA and using it to frame American citizens and then lying about…

NSA ditching 90 percent of its system administrators to avoid leaks

The National Security Agency (NSA) intends to eliminate the majority of its system administrators as a way to reduce the number of humans who could leak sensitive data, Edward Snowden-style. NSA director Keith Alexander told a conference in New York…  …

Fears of NSA surveillance hurting the U.S. cloud computing industry

American technology businesses fear they could lose between $21.5bn and $35bn in cloud computing contracts worldwide over the next three years, as part of the fallout from the NSA revelations. Some US companies said they have already lost business, while UK rivals said that UK and European businesses are increasingly…

Maddow: Think NSA spying is just being used against terrorists? Think again

The immense surveillance powers of the U.S. government are not just aimed at foreign terrorists, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained on Monday night. Maddow said that, at least politically, the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance operations seemed far more acceptable when they were being used to stop terrorists. Documents obtained…

Greenwald: Congress ‘forced to learn about what the NSA is doing’ from newspapers

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald on Sunday chided the U.S. government for claiming it had provided “robust oversight” of the National Security Agency (NSA) even though members of Congress were forced to go to his paper to learn about secret programs that gather data on American citizens. In an interview with…

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