On the heels of a series of reports detailing the U.S. government’s practice of tracking private citizens’ phone and internet use, President Obama on Friday sought to downplay the invasiveness of the procedure, assuring a California audience that “nobody is listening to your phone calls,” and that any data tracking is governed by comprehensive oversight spanning all three branches of U.S. government.
“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Mr. Obama said, speaking at an event touting his health care law in California. “That’s not what this program is about.”
Rallies in Turkey that began on May 31 have spread across the country. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the initial protesters who turned out against the plan to covert Istanbul’s main Gezi Park into a shopping center. The demonstrations then mushroomed into angry riots against the authorities and the police’s response. Over 3,000 people have been injured in clashes, and at least two have died.
The federal government may store private phone records ,and Internet data that it has seized through the Prism program, in the National Security Agency’s Utah Data Center that is being built and set to open this fall. The UK Guardian reported on Wednesday that the Obama administration had obtained a secret court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court forcing Verizon to… Read more →
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton discusses the Obama administration and implications of the United States signing the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
(Photo: Wikipedia) The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until… Read more →
The Obama administration found itself defending — and beginning to explain — yet another surveillance effort after leaked documents revealed information about two secret National Security Agency intelligence-gathering programs.
On top of a Guardian newspaper report that revealed how authorities were collecting phone records from millions, a Washington Post report detailed another program that scours major Internet companies including Google and Facebook for data. A former senior NSA official confirmed to Fox News that the program was started in 2007 by the FBI and NSA and allows them to tap into top U.S. Internet companies to pull audio, video and other data.
(CNN) – The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence said Thursday the government’s top-secret court order to obtain phone records on millions of Americans was “lawful” and Congress had been briefed on the issue.
“As far as I know this is the exact three month renewal of what has been the case for the past seven years. This renewal is carried out by the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court under the business records section of the Patriot Act,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the intelligence committee, told reporters in the Senate gallery. “Therefore it is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress.”
(Photo: Wikipedia) – The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack. The admission comes after the Guardian newspaper published a secret court order related to the records of millions… Read more →