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NSA Chief Doesn’t Believe DNC Hack Influenced Election

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 2:00pm 11/22/2016 at 2:00pm
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When Wikileaks released Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails in July, people immediately pointed fingers at Russia and cried that the Kremlin wanted to influence the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, who won by a large margin over Hillary Clinton.

But National Security Agency (NSA) Director Mike Rogers dashed those conspiracy theories...

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Ex-NSA Contractor Allegedly Stole Over 500 Million Pages of Govt Secrets

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10:00am 10/21/2016 at 10:00am
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Earlier this month, the United States District Court in Baltimore charged ex-NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin III with removal of classified documents and theft of government property. Officials have revealed that Martin took over 500 million pages of records and secrets over two decades.

The Justice Department will probably charge Martin with...

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NSA Contractor Arrested, Charged with Removal of Classified Documents

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:30am 10/6/2016 at 8:30am
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The United States District Court in Baltimore has charged a Maryland government contractor with the removal of classified documents and theft of government property for allegedly possessing paper and digital classified materials, including “highly classified computer code developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments.”

The Washington Post reports:

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Yahoo! Secretly Scanned Emails for NSA and FBI

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 5:30pm 10/4/2016 at 5:30pm
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Reuters has reported that Yahoo! secretly scanned customers’ emails on behalf of the NSA and the FBI. The company even “built a custom software program” to monitor the emails for specific information:

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy...

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What If Spying On Social Media Could Save Lives?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:30am 12/21/2015 at 11:30am
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Could cameras at immigration centers in airports and at the borders pick extremists out of the crowd?  Could software search social media to identify terrorists or for hints of upcoming attacks?

With terror organizations and terrorists using social media for recruitment and indoctrination it is worth revisiting such programs.

DARPA’s Total Information...

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Will Rand Paul’s Position on NSA Hurt His Chances?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00am 5/26/2015 at 7:00am
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Rand Paul inhabits a unique position in the Republican Party. While he’s conservative on some issues, his Libertarian views on others put him at odds with the establishment.

His recent filibuster...

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Google, Twitter Fight for Surveillance Transparency

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:24pm 10/8/2014 at 7:24pm
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The Patriot Act expanded the government’s ability to keep an eye on American citizens—and their data. Through special permissions granted by the FBI through “national security letters,” U.S. spy agencies are able to access user data owned by tech companies, while at the same time barring those companies from disclosing...

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Using old school typewriters will not protect you from snooping

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:08pm 7/15/2014 at 12:08pm
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How expansive is electronic espionage?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly does not have a computer in his office, does not use email and does not have a private phone. I read a while ago that he even uses hand signals in some situations, although I can’t find the link now.

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Double Spy: Did US spy on German committee investigating US spying?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3:00pm 7/7/2014 at 3:00pm
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If the relationship between the Obama Administration and German Chancellor Angela Merkel weren’t frosty enough over the NSA spying on her phone — things got a lot more tense over the weekend.

With mystery enveloping a German intelligence service employee accused of spying — reportedly for the United States — German officials...

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You’re not paranoid, the government really is watching you

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 5:30pm 7/6/2014 at 5:30pm
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After an extraordinary four-month data-crunching investigation of material leaked by Edward Snowden, the Washington Post let off some fireworks this Fourth of July weekend. Their investigation proves that the National Security Agency (NSA) has monitored many more ordinary Americans’ internet usage than non-American foreigners under suspicion of terrorist activities.

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Clapper: Gov’t should have been transparent about phone record collection

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00am 2/18/2014 at 10:00am
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The Director of National Intelligence indicated Monday that the federal government probably should have been more transparent in the first place about its collection of phone records.

In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake, James Clapper reflected on how the program may have been received differently had general information about...

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Debut of The Intercept reveals things we mostly already knew

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:45pm 2/10/2014 at 8:45pm
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Today was the unveiling of The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald’s new venture backed by mega-money from the founder of Ebay.

The debut is being described with extreme hyperbole, as if a new age in investigative journalism had been launched, not a website.  But even a cursory review, plus the ability to do Google...

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Obama NSA Reform Speech (Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:05pm 1/17/2014 at 12:05pm
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Obama just completed his speech on NSA reforms.

Below the key video portion of the speech (full text here).

I found this part to be a key dose of reality often lacking from the debate:

First, everyone who has looked at these problems, including skeptics of existing programs, recognizes that we have real enemies...

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Now a split decision on NSA data mining

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 27, 2013 at 3:30pm 12/27/2013 at 3:30pm
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We reported last week on how Judge Leon in the District of Columbia ruled against the government, preliminarily, on NSA mass data surveillance. I cautioned against the media assumption that the ruling would survive:

The judge issued a preliminary injunction, but stayed his...

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NSA surveillance court decision

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:20pm 12/16/2013 at 3:20pm
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Sorry, but I have too many other things on my plate right now to dig into this, even though it’s clearly an important decision which may eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A federal judge in D.C. has found parts of the NSA metadata surveillance program to violate the...

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The Guardian has published just one percent of Snowden leak

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:17pm 12/3/2013 at 6:17pm
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The Guardian has only published about one percent of the material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to statements made by the outlet’s editor to a British parliamentary committee Tuesday.

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Brazilian spying hypocrisy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:26pm 9/18/2013 at 12:26pm

I have warned repeatedly that the NSA disclosures by Edward Snowden via Glenn Greenwald and others serve a dual purpose.

Part is to expose genuine breaches of privacy about which we should be concerned; part is to disrupt U.S....

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