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Senate sitting on devastating report on how the CIA avoided torture program oversight

So much attention concerning the intelligence community lately has been focused on the NSA. There has been a bit of looking at the FBI as well, but for the most part the CIA has been left untouched — even though when the Washington Post released details…  …

New Edward Snowden leak: NSA collecting millions of email contact lists

NSA scoops up millions of email contact lists (via The Inquirer) THE UNITED STATES National Security Agency (NSA) apparently has been collecting email contact lists like some sort of hungry social network. According to information shared with the Washington Post, the NSA collects email contact and chat buddy lists…  …

Government shutdown turns out to be great news for those seeking to hide NSA mass surveillance

The Government Shutdown is Great News For Those Who Don’t Want NSA Accountability (via EFF) While many federal employees and the American public have been negatively affected by the US government shutdown, there is one group of people who can probably take solace: those who need to be held to…

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…

New Snowden leak: NSA attempted to crack online anonymity tool used by dissidents and activists

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself. Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency’s…

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…

Eric Cartman becomes the new Edward Snowden on ‘South Park’

On the season premiere of Comedy Central’s “South Park,” which aired on Wednesday, Sep. 25, 9-year-old Eric Cartman put on a disguise and changed his name to “Bill Clinton” so he could get a job at the NSA. In the clips below, Cartman got a tour of the NSA facility,…

Rand Paul teams with Democrats on bill to curb NSA spying

Ron Wyden says Snowden disclosures have ’caused a sea change’ and announces most comprehensive package so far Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The draft…

Edward Snowden reveals new information about NSA spying on India

The US National Security Agency may have accessed computers within the Indian embassy in Washington and mission at the United Nations in New York as part of a huge clandestine effort to mine electronic data held by its south Asian ally. Documents released by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden also…

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…

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