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Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Rand Paul calls for bipartisan committee to investigate intelligence agencies

Kentucky senator said he’ll call for bipartisan investigation into CIA, NSA practices.

By Wesley Lowery  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP, Intelligence, NSA, Republicans

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Edward Snowden speaks at South by Southwest (Video)

Speaking at South by Southwest, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that the NSA is “setting fire to the future of the Internet.“

By Aaron Blake  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowden: I’m not a spy -- for Russia or anybody else

House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers’s (R-Mich.) insinuated Sunday that Snowden earned his asylum in Russia by sharing information.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:04 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Americans unmoved by Obama’s NSA speech

About three-fourths of those who paid attention say Obama’s ideas won’t increase privacy protections.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Tech firms say Obama’s proposals fall short of expectations

Technology and telecom firms said the reforms President Obama laid out in his speech were a good first step but fell short of their hopes to significantly change the government’s vast surveillance program.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014

What the NSA reforms don’t do

The reforms only target one NSA surveillance program

By Vincent Bzdek  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Five big takeaways from Obama’s NSA speech

Here the major changes in U.S. policy on conducting surveillance both at home and abroad that Obama is proposing.

By Greg Miller  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Obama to call for NSA phone data to require court order

The president will lay out his plan in a speech this morning.

By David Nakamura  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Obama to speak on NSA reforms Jan. 17, White House says

The president and his aides have been focused behind-the-scenes this week on finishing its review of the spy agency.

By David Nakamura  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, White House

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/02/2014

New York Times: Give Snowden clemency

The editorial board says Snowden is a “whistle-blower” who deserves credit for exposing a surveillance program that has gone too far.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edward Snowden, NSA

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Bill Clinton condemns NSA’s reported collection of economic data

“We should never collect economic information under the pretext of security,” Clinton told O Globo, a newspaper in Rio de Janeiro.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, NSA

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Feinstein ‘totally opposed’ to spying on foreign leaders

California lawmaker usually publicly defends the Obama administration’s spying programs. Not this time.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, NSA, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Peter King: Obama should ‘stop apologizing’ for NSA

King also suggested France and Germany shouldn’t act so indignant about NSA surveillance in their countries.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Hayden tweeter: ‘He had no expectation of privacy’

“He’s the loud guy on the bus, the loud guy on the train...” Tom Matzzie says.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013

WATCH: Barton Gellman on NSA revelations

The Washington Post contributor discusses the audit that revealed the NSA has overstepped its authority thousands of times.

By Ruth Tam  |  02:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Feinstein: NSA hasn't 'intentionally abused its authority'

"The majority of these 'compliance incidents' ... do not involve any inappropriate surveillance of Americans," Feinstein says.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:40 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/16/2013

Lawmakers denounce NSA privacy violations, call for answers

Lawmakers on Friday were quick to express their dismay over the latest surveillance revelations.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:59 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Senators demand repercussions for Russia

Schumer called for Obama to request a change in venue for the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:28 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 07/28/2013

Greenwald: Low-level staff have access to 'invasive' surveillance

"The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and e-mails in their databases that they've collected over the last several years."

By Aaron Blake  |  10:59 AM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/28/2013

Ron Wyden: FISA court 'anachronistic'

The Oregon senator also says he's concerned with how intelligence agencies may be tracking American cellphone usage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, NSA, Senate

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Americans: Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor

Numerous members of Congress have labeled Edward Snowden a traitor, but the American people aren't on-board yet.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:42 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Greenwald: Obama engaged in 'unprecedented war on whistleblowers'

The Guardian columnist said the Obama administration only wants to catch Edward Snowden to send a message to future potential whistleblowers.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Bush defends surveillance programs, says Snowden 'damaged' U.S.

"I know he damaged the country," Bush told CNN. "The Obama administration will deal with it."

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/28/2013

26 senators demand answers from Clapper on surveillance

The letter represents a significant statement from privacy advocates in the Senate.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Leahy proposes new oversight of surveillance programs

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday unveiled a set to of proposals designed to increase oversight of the federal government's surveillance programs.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:51 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 06/23/2013

Rep. Mike Rogers: Snowden's actions defy logic

The House Intelligence committee chairman weighs in on Snowden's decision to leave Hong Kong for Russia.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:50 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 06/23/2013

Greenwald: Snowden's ultimate destination 'unknown'

The Guardian columnist says he does not know where Snowden plans to go.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:29 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 06/23/2013

Rand Paul: Snowden will face problems if he 'cozies up' to Russia, China

Paul says Snowden could face problems if he cozies up to China. Russia.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/23/2013

Chuck Schumer: Putin is 'aiding and abetting Snowden's escape'

Schumer sounds off on Putin.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/23/2013

NSA director says he has 'no opinion' of WikiLeaks, 'I really don't track them'

The head of the NSA says he does not track the anti-secrecy group.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The NSA debate: We've been here before

The debate over the propriety of Bush's surveillance program played out in strikingly similar ways to the debate currently raging over the programs continued by the Obama administration,

By Vincent Bzdek  |  07:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Obama to hold first-ever meeting Friday with privacy oversight board

President Obama will hold his first-ever meeting with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)--the group charged with ensuring the executive branch balances privacy and civil liberties needs with its national security efforts--on Friday,

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Rand Paul: Clapper lied to Congress

"What I'm saying is that the Director of National Intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law," Paul said on CNN.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:53 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2013

NSA head: Surveillance helped thwart more than 50 terror plots

Alexander lays out new details about how the surveillance efforts helped thwart terror events.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Obama on NSA: I'm no Dick Cheney

"Some people say, 'Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he's, you know, Dick Cheney,'" Obama tells PBS's Charlie Rose.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, White House

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 06/16/2013

Denis McDonough: Obama does not feel Americans' privacy has been violated

The White House chief of staff defends the government's sweeping surveillance efforts.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:48 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/16/2013

Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is wrong on government surveillance

The former vice president pushed back against the Kentucky senator.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Rand Paul lays out plans for legal action over government surveillance

The Republican discusses his plans for legal action.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Americans support Snowden — but say leakers like him should be prosecuted

There are a significant number of Americans who are both lauding Snowden and say people who do what he did should face jail time.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:12 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Live updates: FBI director testifies

FBI Director Robert Mueller faces questions on the National Security Agency's sweeping Internet surveillance program in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  09:57 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Live Updates: Cybersecurity hearing

Gen. Keith Alexander, chief of the National Security Agency, is testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:39 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Americans say NSA leaks don't damage national security

The poll suggests that while many congressional leaders are incensed at Snowden's leaks, regular Americans have yet to be convinced.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Sen. Wyden: Clapper didn't give 'straight answer' on NSA programs

Wyden's statement represents perhaps the most serious accusation made against the Obama's administration's intelligence officials.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:42 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Boehner: Snowden is 'a traitor'

The House Speaker left little doubt Tuesday as to how he thinks NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be dealt with: as an enemy of the state.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:17 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/10/2013

How often did the Obama administration brief Congress on PRISM?

The Obama administration briefed lawmakers about its PRISM surveillance program 22 times between October 2011 and December 2012, according to a senior administration official who asked not to be identified.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Booz Allen operation grew rapidly from $2m contract

By David Beard  |  12:55 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  booz allen, NSA, Snowden, surveillance

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/10/2013

What you need to know about Booz Allen Hamilton

An employee at the center of the NSA leak controversy casts spotlight on government mega-contractor.

By Matt DeLong  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/10/2013

White House petition to pardon Edward Snowden gathers steam

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, PRISM, Snowden

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Edward Snowden apparently a Ron Paul supporter

Campaign finance records show an "Edward Snowden" who appears to be the leaker contributed $250 to Paul's presidential campaign twice in 2012.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:42 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Edward Snowden reveals himself as NSA leaker (VIDEO)

Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former CIA technical employee now working for the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm, has unmasked himself as the source behind the major intelligence leaks about the government's surveillance programs last week, first reported by The Washington Post and the Guardian.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:27 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Rand Paul planning class action lawsuit against surveillance programs

The Kentucky Republican said he plans to sue the Obama Administration for its "unconstitutional" surveillance programs.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:41 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Feinstein: NSA programs useful in New York, Mumbai terror plots

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein says the NSA surveillance programs have been useful in two major terrorist plots.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Clapper: Leaks are 'literally gut-wrenching,' leaker being sought

"For me, it is literally not figuratively literally gut-wrenching to see this happen...," Clapper told NBC News's Andrea Mitchell.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:14 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 06/09/2013

McCain: Boston bombings proved Rand Paul wrong

"Just prior to the Boston bombing, he said the battlefield was no longer in America," McCain said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:52 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Udall: No proof that phone record collection stops terrorism

"It's unclear to me that we've developed any intelligence through the metadata program that's led to the disruption of plots that we couldn't obtain through other programs," Udall said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:25 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Senate Democrat lashes out at Obama Administration's surveillance tactics

Sen. Jeff Merkley lashed out at the Obama administration saying its surveillance techniques may be illegal.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:53 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Barton Gellman's prescient story from Obama's first day

By David Beard  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, President Obama, PRISM