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Hundreds of FBI agents probed over cheating on surveillance test

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he does not know how many of his agents cheated on an important exam on the bureau’s policies, an embarrassing revelation that raises questions about whether the FBI knows its own rules for conducting surveillance on Americans. The Justice Department inspector…

NYT reporter: Bush’s entire wiretapping program may have been illegal

Upon a federal judge’s ruling that the Bush administration illegally wiretapped an Saudi-based Islamic charity and two American lawyers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times alleged the Bush administration’s entire warrantless surveillance program may have been illegal. “Plaintiffs must — and have — put forward enough evidence…

Bush wiretapping program takes hit in Calif ruling

In a repudiation of the Bush administration’s now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show…

Whistleblower site demands that US ‘stop spying’ on its operations

In an extraordinary editorial, the whistleblower site WikiLeaks has demanded that the United States “stop spying” on its operations. “Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations,” founder Julian Assange writes. “We’ve become used to the level of security service interest in…

EFF: Court ruling means ‘surveillance of Americans immune from review’

A US District Court judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the US government by individuals who say their rights were infringed by the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy watchdog that participated in the lawsuit, described the judge’s ruling as…

Massachusetts cops can arrest you for making them famous

If you plan to videotape police officers at work in public, just be sure you’re not in Massachusetts — or you might end up in jail. A report from the New England Center For Investigative Reporting has chronicled a pattern of what civil liberties advocates say is a misuse of…

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