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Ending Mass Digital Data Collection

... President Barack Obama delivered a major speech last week regarding the National Security Agency’s, or NSA’s, intelligence collection activities, both in the United States and around the world. There has been great controversy and confusion around...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

RELEASE: Bulk Collection of Americans' Telephone Records Should Be Suspended Immediately

... 215 of the Patriot Act and instead require the NSA to obtain an order from the FISA Court for each specific query. The NSA could secure individual orders under Section 215 for call records pertaining to any identifier that meets their current RAS standard...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

It’s Time to Get the Government Out of the Mass Collection Business

...President Barack Obama will deliver a major speech tomorrow regarding the National Security Agency’s, or NSA’s, intelligence collection activities, both in the United States and around the world. There has been great controversy and confusion around...

By Ken Gude | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Domestic Data Collection and Privacy Rights

..., distracts from what is most problematic about the information he provided to the media. That is, unlike the last time we had a national conversation about the NSA and domestic surveillance during the days of “warrantless wiretapping” in 2005, a legal framework...

By John Podesta | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Adapting to the Future of Intelligence Gathering

article icon Issue Brief ... of America’s intelligence community. The recent rediscovery that the National Security Agency, or NSA, collects, stores, and analyzes vast amounts of data from the global telecommunications network raises important questions about the wide-ranging post-9/11...

By Peter Juul | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What the Snowden Affair Says About U.S.-Russian Relations

article icon Issue Brief ... toward the U.S. government’s own actions, reflected by angry European reactions to alleged National Security Agency, or NSA, spying of European Union offices. Ending Syria’s civil war This same dynamic is on display in the efforts to end Syria’s civil war...

By Cory Welt | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

“Connecting the Dots” Requires a Commitment to IT Infrastructure

... on Abdulmutallab should have been tagged to indicate that he is possibly connected to violent religious extremists, that he is a Nigerian citizen, and that he is located in Yemen. Had an NSA official, aware that Al-Qaeda in Yemen was planning to use a Nigerian citizen...

By Ian Millhiser | Monday, January 11, 2010

Multilayered Security

... Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Counterterrorism Center were all formed in the aftermath of the attacks, but exist in the shadows of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Defense Department. The Department of Homeland Security...

By Ken Gude | Monday, January 11, 2010

Spying on Journalists? Why the Silence?

... of such surveillance: “What I know for a fact is that the Bush administration got my phone records. Whether that was obtained by the FBI or the NSA, my lawyers and I have been trying to investigate that.” Risen and Tice have some history together—in 2005...

By Eric Alterman and George Zornick | Thursday, January 29, 2009

Prioritize, Integrate, and Coordinate Development

... NSA mandated to think and plan ahead will not only allow the administration to make up for the time lost by the Bush administration on issues like climate change, but will also allow an administration to get out ahead of future threats like resource...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Catch-22 Revisited: The Bush Administration and the Public’s “Right to Know”

...; but the administration has never been satisfactorily above board about who the agency is monitoring and how, which makes a fair assessment of the program impossible. The administration dragged its feet on telling Congress anything about the NSA’s spying activities...

By Eric Alterman and George Zornick | Thursday, March 13, 2008

FCC vs. The Public

... of consumer privacy ever to occur." Aside from the NSA wiretapping issue, the telecoms have other business in front of the commission: net neutrality. The FCC must decide to what extent it will enforce net neutrality rules, which currently prevent telecoms...

By Eric Alterman and George Zornick | Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bush’s Budget Repeats Cybersecurity Mistakes

...The Bush administration wants to place more black boxes on private-sector computer networks. We've already learned a lot about the NSA wiretap program and its Narus STA 6400 splitter — that’s the black box that AT&T whistleblower Mark...

By Peter Swire | Monday, February 4, 2008

NSA New Year

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Monday, December 31, 2007

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Justice: Rationalizing Incompetence

.... Three days later, at approximately 10:52 AM, "the NSA notified the Department of Justice of its desire to collect some communications that required a FISA order." Surveillance did not begin until almost 8 PM that evening. In his testimony, McConnell...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Iraq: 'Nightmare With No End In Sight'

... Qaeda and related terrorist organizations." --President Bush, 5/11/06 VERSUS "Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio...said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks [about surveillance contracts]." --Washington Post...

Monday, October 15, 2007

This Week in Congress: 10.15.07-10.19.07

..., by Eric Alterman NSA Domestic Warrantless Wiretapping and the "Trust Me" President, by Mark Agrast and Ken Gude Appropriations The Senate is considering several major appropriations bills this week, including the Commerce, Justice...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Civil Liberties: 'One Bomb Away' From No Oversight

... to originally justify the NSA program. But the administration balked, instead "using fresh reports of a growing terrorism threat" to scare Congress into passing the legislation before leaving for the August recess. "The situation was key to making it work...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Ethics: No 'Serious Disagreement' On Gonzales Lies

... Alberto Gonzales may have perjured himself by contradicting his own previous statements -- as well as the sworn testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey and current FBI director Robert Mueller -- concerning the National Security Agency's (NSA...

Monday, July 30, 2007