Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA
Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance
Glenn Greenwald, theguardian.com, Sunday 4 August 2013 08.26 EDT
Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House members demonstrate.
From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency's defenders have insisted that Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. "These programs are subject to congressional oversight and congressional reauthorization and congressional debate," President Obama said the day after the first story on NSA bulk collection of phone records was published in this space. "And if there are members of Congress who feel differently, then they should speak up."
But members of Congress, including those in Obama's party, have flatly denied knowing about them.
Obama to Leno: 'We Don't Have a Domestic Spying Program'
Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 11:39 PM, By Greg Richter
"We don't have a domestic spying program," Obama said. "What we do have are some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. That information is useful."
Obama said the public's skepticism of the program is good, adding that he was skeptical himself when he came into office. He said he had the programs reviewed and added additional safeguards to protect Americans' privacy.
Apple's Tim Cook, tech executives meet with Barack Obama to talk surveillance
By TONY ROMM, 8/8/13 9:13 PM EDT
President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance, sources tell POLITICO.
NSA Scandals Signal Much Wider, Underlying Problem
August 9, 2013 at Samuel Culper III
What I'm suggesting as a possibility, aside from your obvious and common regime power grabbing, is that the ramped up collection against all Americans occurring over the past ten or so years is the result of and response to penetration of foreign adversaries taking cover as US citizens; effectively using a perceived weakness of the intelligence community against it.
Snowden Claims NSA Targeted Critical Media Post-9/11 (And Details How He Chose Journalists for His Leak)
Aug. 13, 2013 4:27pm Liz Klimas
Why Edward Snowden chose a documentary filmmaker and a British journalist to leak classified information about the NSA’s surveillance programs — and how he communicated with them — is an angle little covered in the saga of the epic whistleblowing thus far.
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
NSA Funds New “Top Secret” $60 Million Dollar Data Lab
Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com, August 16, 2013
The National Security Agency is funding a “top secret” $60 million dollar data analysis lab at North Carolina State University which will scrutinize information collected from private emails, phone calls and Google searches.
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
By Timothy B. Lee, Updated: August 19, 2013
If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.
First it was Lavabit, then Silent Circle and now another award-winning website has decided to close down — at least for now — due to issues associated with government surveillance.
In a blog post expressing her “incredibly sad” decision to shutter Groklaw — a website covering legal news pertaining to free and open source software — founder Pamela Jones, who started the site a decade ago, wrote “there is no way to continue.”
The broad reach of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance network has the ability to cover roughly 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday. The alarming report suggests the agency’s digital spying capabilities are even more encompassing than officials have publicly disclosed.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/20/2013 22:47 -0400
The NSA - which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens - has, according to the Wall Street Journal, built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say. The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic.
NSA Program Secretly Ruled Unconstitutional in 2011
Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 03:36 PM, By Todd Beamon
The National Security Agency illegally gathered as many as 56,000 e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans with no connection to terrorism as part of a collection program that was ruled unconstitutional by a secret spy court in 2011.
In spite of the furor of controversy that ensued when it was reported that a CIA operative, Edward Snowden, had leaked information proving that the U.S. government is illegally spying on multimillions of citizens without a warrant or court approval, the illegal activity that violates the protected rights of Americans has only continued.
The NSA admitted in a statement to Bloomberg News that there have been “willful violations” in the past of the regulations governing its programs that spy in the communications of Americans in an effort to thwart terrorism.
“Over the past decade, very rare instances of willful violations of NSA’s authorities have been found,” the NSA’s statement said. “NSA takes very seriously allegations of misconduct, and cooperates fully with any investigations — responding as appropriate. NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities.”
Congress requests answers from DoJ on possible abuse of power allegations concerning NSA
posted at 3:20 pm on August 27, 2013 by Bruce McQuain
This has been in the news recently and now it is getting some Congressional attention. It has to do with possible illegal activities involving the NSA and DEA. As you know, the NSA’s job is to focus outside the US, not inside, and primarily on enemies of the United States, not it’s citizens:
Drug Agents Can Access 26 Years of AT&T Phone Records, Program Reveals
Sep. 2, 2013 6:58pm Liz Klimas
Although the National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the hot seat the last few months for the revelations about its domestic surveillance, it has been revealed that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency searches phone records in a program that the New York Times said is ”unmatched by other government programs.”
The National Security Agency spied on the presidents of Mexico and Brazil, including reading the Mexican leader’s emails before he was even elected, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported Sunday. Report: NSA Spied on Mexico, Brazil Presidents
Greenwald told Brazilian news program “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012 indicated that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails were being accessed, according to the Associated Press. Pena Nieto wasn’t actually elected until a month later.
N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web
By NICOLE PERLROTH, JEFF LARSON and SCOTT SHANE, Published: September 5, 2013
The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.
NSA and GCHQ unlock privacy and security on the internet
James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, Thursday 5 September 2013
US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments
SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with U.S. spy demands for data.
Her comments came after being asked what she is doing to protect Yahoo users from "tyrannical government" during an on-stage interview Wednesday afternoon at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.
Mayer said Yahoo scrutinizes and fights U.S. government data requests stamped with the authority of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but when the company loses battles it must do as directed or risk being branded a traitor.
I think a little prison time for the main players (executive, legislative and judicial) might put a stop to it... but when all the players are making a living off each others actions, that ain't gonna happen any time soon.
Docs say NSA repeatedly promised to stop surveillance rules violations
Published November 19, 2013, Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency reported its own violations of surveillance rules to a U.S. intelligence court and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again, according to more than 1,000 pages of newly declassified files about the federal government's controversial program of collecting every American's phone records during the past seven years.
Nine months after promising to overhaul the nation's spy program, President Barack Obama's deadline to make such changes has been extended for the third time.
According to National Journal, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a request from the Justice Department to renew the NSA's Section 215 telephony metadata program, part of the Patriot Act, on Friday. The program allows the NSA to spy on American citizens by collecting phone records.
The top-secret program was first made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, whose revelations forced him to take asylum in Russia. The program will now expire Dec. 5, unless it is re-upped again at that time.
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