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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…

WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee investigates the Obama’s use of warrantless surveillance under FISA

Watch live as representatives from the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the ACLU discuss the revelations about warrantless surveillance — including those reported by The Guardian based on Edward Snowden’s leaks. UPDATE: Apparently Raw Story has been blocked by the broadcaster from carrying the stream.…

Is it illegal for the U.S. to block Edward Snowden’s asylum claim?

Is the United States illegally trying to block Edward Snowden’s right to seek asylum in other nations? That’s what the National Security Agency leaker asserts. In a meeting Friday at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, he told representatives of human…  …

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…

Obama to meet privacy oversight board to try to reassure public on spying

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with members of a privacy oversight watchdog board to try to reassure Americans rattled by revelations of the U.S. government’s vast monitoring of phone and Internet data. Obama is scrambling to show he has credibility on the…

Welcome to Utah, the NSA’s desert home for eavesdropping on America

The NSA’s new $1.7 billion facility in the heart of Mormon country has the potential to snoop on US citizens for decades to come Drive south down Camp Williams Road, a highway outside Salt Lake City, and your eye is drawn to the left. A gun-mounted helicopter and other military…

Florida man’s attorney claims NSA phone records will prove client’s innocence

An attorney for a Florida man accused of robbing armored bank cars in 2010 filed a motion this week demanding that the government turn over phone location records theoretically stored in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) massive archives, which he believes could exonerate his client on at least one of…

John Oliver: The Second Amendment has defeated all the other amendments

Tuesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver mocked Republicans’ discordant response to news about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. While some, like Sen. John McCain (AZ), believed the issue didn’t even need to be discussed, others provided a more hysterical assessment. Oliver also noted that some Republicans…

Sen. Lindsey Graham: I would support censoring mail if it was ‘necessary’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters on Tuesday that he approved of censoring snail mail if it was necessary to protect innocent lives. “If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don’t think it is,” he said, according to Yahoo News. The remarks came…

Lawmakers urge review of Patriot Act as spying scandal intensifies

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers called on Sunday for a review of the government’s monitoring of phone and Internet activities, and one Democrat urged a reopening of the Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001 law that gave intelligence agencies broader surveillance powers. President Barack Obama’s administration has come…

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