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 Friday November 1, 2013 8:18 am|
|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 Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00 pm|
Under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on social connections between some Americans to help “discover and track” connection between “intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States,” according to a report from The New York 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: cocktailhag Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm|
As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 20, 2013 10:26 am|
Two United States senators are disputing claims made by the National Security Agency that secret surveillance programs exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disrupted “dozens of potential terrorist plots.”
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 14, 2013 12:18 pm|
It appears Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper may not be alone in misleading Congress during official testimony about NSA surveillance programs. Earlier this week the head of the NSA, Keith Alexander, testified that these programs help stop “dozens” of terrorist attack. Apparently, this might not be the most truthful answer.
|By: DSWright Monday June 10, 2013 6:40 am|
In testimony before Congress the Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper claimed there was no program to collect information on American citizens.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 6, 2013 8:38 am|
A court order that was classified as top secret indicates Verizon was ordered by a US secret surveillance court to provide call data of millions of communications of Americans on an “ongoing, daily basis” to the National Security Agency (NSA) from April 25 to July 19.
The order authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was published by The Guardian and columnist, Glenn Greenwald, wrote about the order for the media organization, concluding that it showed for “the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.”