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House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

Obama administration appears to have filed first legal defense of NSA phone data spying

The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center in Bluffdale is expected to open this fall. It will store massive amounts of data. (National Security Agency/Reuters) The Obama administration has filed what appears…  …

Edward Snowden’s travels overshadow his leaks in U.S. media

Edward Snowden’s revelations about a vast American data dragnet may have riveted the world for weeks, but in the United States the fugitive and his scramble for asylum are overshadowing the substance of the leaks themselves. US broadcasters last month gave wall-to-wall coverage to the bombshell leaks by Snowden, a…

Supreme Court asked to suspend NSA and FBI’s blanket collection of phone data

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed on Monday by civil rights campaigners at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). This new legal challenge to the power of government agencies…

Edward Snowden charged with espionage: reports

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property by federal prosecutors, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The sealed criminal complaint was reportedly filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, where the headquarters of Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton,…

Review shows FBI relied heavily on FISA-enabled ‘secret evidence’ to prosecute accused terrorists

By John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has used secret evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to prosecute at least 27 accused terrorists since 2007, according to a Reuters review of public records. While the recent spotlight has been on the use…

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…

NSA PRISM: Pentagon bracing for anti-government activism over climate change disasters

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has…

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…

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…

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