Who have they not spied upon?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 1, 2013 8:18 am|
Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government surveillance.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 21, 2013 10:45 am|
At the forefront of efforts to limit the political effects of this shift in public opinion is Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California. She has used her status in the Senate as the chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee to help the NSA defend programs that have come under scrutiny.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 14, 2013 1:45 pm|
At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 27, 2013 9:26 am|
At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 26, 2013 5:30 pm|
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on possible changes to surveillance programs under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The National Security Agency’s director, the Director of National Intelligence and the assistant attorney general testified. The committee also heard from two experts.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 12, 2013 1:35 pm|
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would establish a federal shield law for reporters or journalists in the United States. The legislation was amended, before passing out of committee, to define who would be a “covered journalist” under the proposed shield legislation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 16, 2013 9:28 am|
President Barack Obama, although recently suggesting he would be open to discussion about some reforms to National Security Agency surveillance policies, has maintained that the United States has laws, which “specifically prohibit” the government from “surveilling US persons without a warrant. And there are a whole range of safeguards that have been put in place to make sure that that basic principle is abided by.”
The president has suggested that the public is wrong to think the NSA is somehow “out there willy-nilly just sucking in information on everybody and doing” what it pleases with it. However, documents provided to The Washington Post by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate that thousands of privacy violations have occurred.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 pm|
Each week when I sit down to write a post, I wrack my brain to think of something positive, or at least relatively so, to write about, and each week events prevent this from happening. It’s hard not to feel typecast when even the most complimentary commenters nonetheless refer to one’s work as a “rant” or admit that I’ve made them more depressed, angry, hopeless, or whatever.
For that reason, I am happy to announce that for the first time in recent memory the week’s news, taken together, makes me feel uncharacteristically optimistic.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:57 pm|
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on NSA surveillance programs that was a response to all the coverage of disclosures former NSA contractor Edward Snowden made to The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
It was titled, “How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries.” It was one of the more Orwellian-sounding names for a hearing in recent history.
To say this was part of the committee fulfilling its duty to provide oversight would be ridiculous.