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Snowden meets German legislator in secret location

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he’s willing to help German officials investigate alleged US spying in Germany and to testify to US Congress if charges against him were dropped, a German lawmaker revealed on Friday. At a press conference in Berlin on Friday, German opposition lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said…

Senate bill ‘entrenches and codifies’ NSA mass surveillance, privacy advocates warn

Legislation in the Senate to reform the government’s sweeping surveillance powers would do little more than codify current practices, critics say. In a 11-4 vote, the Senate’s intelligence committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase transparency of the National Security Agency but also would enshrine the bulk collection of…

Minnesota man sues NSA, DHS after they try to quash his parody merchandise

A Minnesota man is suing for the right to continue selling merchandise online that parodies the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Dan McCall sells T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and other items that are printed by online retailer Zazzle.com and also sold on CafePress.com and his own…

NSA believes it can spy on everyone’s location based on existing approvals

Latest Declassified NSA Records Show NSA Believes It Can Spy On Everyone’s Location Based On Existing Approvals (via Techdirt) James Clapper has declassified another batch of documents on the NSA activities. We’ll probably write about a few of them, but let’s start with one that’s getting a lot of initial…

Anti-spying groups rally against NSA in ‘Stop Watching Us’ march

A loose coalition of groups assembled in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on Saturday to protest the National Security Agency’s blanket spying on citizens. According to The Hill, the “Stop Watching Us” rally was held Saturday on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Supporters of Libertarians Ron…

Report: U.S. may have hacked former French president’s network with Israel’s help

France believed the United States attempted to hack into its president’s communications network, a leaked U.S. intelligence document published on Friday suggests. U.S. agents denied having anything to do with a May 2012 cyber attack on the Elysee Palace, the official residence of French presidents, and appeared to hint at…

Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for the NSA’s global spying: ‘We’re sorry that you forgot that we’re kind of d*cks’

Jon Stewart issued a sardonic apology on Thursday from the U.S. to the 45 countries who have been identified as targets of surveillance by the National Security Agency, taking on the role of a faux-apologist for the agency’s spying programs. “You want an apology? Fine. We’re sorry,” Stewart said, before…

U.S. intel chief disputes newspaper reports about spying operation on France and Mexico

The U.S. intelligence chief said French newspaper reports about America’s espionage activities abroad contained inaccurate and misleading information, the latest flap stemming from U.S. intelligence-gathering efforts. Meanwhile, the United States faced anger on yet another front in the unfolding saga, this time from Mexico. The key U.S. neighbor and ally…

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…  …

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