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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…

Edward Snowden revealed as NSA whistleblower: ‘I have no intention of hiding’

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as…

Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday. The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized…

Obama plan would give spymasters access to Americans’ bank accounts

The Obama administration is planning a proposal to open up the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Center (FinCEN) to spies at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Reuters reported Wednesday. The move would ensure that counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering efforts conducted by the nation’s spy agencies…

Sequel to SOPA could see NSA spy on journalists, media pirates

If you download and distribute copyrighted material on the Internet, or share any information that governments or corporations find inconvenient, you could soon be labeled a threat to national security in the United States. That’s the aim of a bill in Congress called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act…

Government hankers to employ hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they’re hot stuff: prove it by working on the “hardest problems on Earth.” Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose a growing national security threat…

Al-Qaeda’s E. Africa chief killed in Mogadishu: sources

MOGADISHU (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s presumed head in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, died in a shootout in the Somali capital, officials said Saturday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacted immediately, calling it a “significant blow to Al-Qaeda, its…

NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake to plead guilty in plea deal

WASHINGTON — An ex-senior official in the top secret US National Security Agency will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer in a classified information leak case, court papers have shown. Thomas Drake, 54, had been accused of leaking classified information to a newspaper reporter and was charged…

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