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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff accuses U.S. of spying for ‘economic’ interests

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff accused the United States of spying on oil giant Petrobras for its own “economic and strategic” reasons — not for national security. The latest allegations of online snooping by the National Security Agency emerged Sunday night when TV Globo reported Brazilian oil giant Petrobras — world…

Worse than PRISM: the NSA’s war against Internet encryption

The National Security Agency (NSA) has compromised encryption software needed to ensure the privacy of Americans’ day-to-day Internet activity, in part through a “breakthrough” in 2010 allowing for the mining of data through Internet cable taps, as well as secret backdoor access into commercial encryption programs, according to joint reports…

One fifth of CIA job applicants with suspect backgrounds have ‘significant terrorist’ connections: Washington Post

Al-Qaeda and other hostile groups have repeatedly sought to infiltrate US intelligence agencies, which are investigating thousands of their employees to counter the threat, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The CIA found that about a fifth of job applicants with suspect backgrounds had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,”…

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…  …

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