When President Barack Obama delivers his speech on alleged surveillance reforms on Friday, he will not be suggesting measures that will truly prevent future abuse of surveillance powers. He will be advocating for reforms that could prevent another whistleblower like NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 15, 2014 12:22 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 13, 2014 10:26 am|
A policy institute based in Washington, DC, has released an analysis of hundreds of terrorism cases, which concludes that the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records has had “no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 2, 2014 9:15 am|
The New York Times Editorial Board published a remarkably strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who they refer to as a whistleblower in the headline.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 20, 2013 10:40 am|
An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security Agency’s powers, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department investigate Clapper.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 11, 2013 10:15 am|
Latest revelations from National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden renew focus on the need for online companies to provide users with better controls so “unique identifiers” do not aid the government in warrantless surveillance.
|By: DSWright Friday December 6, 2013 11:06 am|
Patriot Act author Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) wants DNI James Clapper fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress. During testimony under oath Clapper lied to Senator Ron Wyden about the NSA’s spying programs that involved scooping up information from Americans.
“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 30, 2013 7:25 am|
In a Congressional hearing yesterday NSA Director Keith Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attempted to dispel confusion surrounding questions about President Obama’s ignorance of the NSA’s program to spy on foreign leaders. According to Alexander and Clapper the president was aware, at least in general terms, of the US government’s program of spying abroad.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 2, 2013 2:03 pm|
This hearing was yet another example of the power of leaks to influence elected officials. The senators would not have asked questions about whether NSA was creating dossiers on Americans if it had not been for Snowden or the story published by the Times.
|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 Sunday September 22, 2013 12:15 pm|
A group of experts appointed to review the surveillance engaged in by the National Security Agency and other US intelligence agencies is working under the control Office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and is not focused on investigating surveillance abuses that former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has exposed.