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Hong Kong Says It Let The Snowden Go Partly Because The US Got His Middle Name Wrong

It turns out that some of that necessary information was as simple as Edward Joseph Snowden's name and passport number.<p>From The South China Morning Post:<p>The name used in US government diplomatic documents was Edward James Snowden, the US Department of Justice referred to him as Edward J Snowden, …

An Upcoming Trade Deal Could Derail Any Hope Of Edward Snowden Getting Asylum In Ecuador

The small South American nation has been at the center of the international drama involving the former National Security Agency contractor, whose global flight from American justice has shaken US ties with a clutch of nations including Russia and China.<p>Business leaders fear that giving Snowden …

NSA takes surveillance fact sheets off website

Following a complaint from two senators, the National Security Agency has removed from its website two fact sheets designed to shed light on and defend a pair of surveillance programs. Users now trying to access the documents detailing surveillance under legal authorities known as Section 215 and …

Intelligence, privacy and liberties

In the wake of the recent media disclosure of surveillance programs that have broad implications for the privacy rights of American citizens, there is a renewed interest in oversight of the intelligence community in general and the National Security Agency in particular. This has revived interest …

Edward Snowden's Country Of Choice Has An Even Worse Surveillance Record

The 30-year-old former Booz Allen contractor, thought to be in Moscow after leaking top secret documents on domestic spying conducted by the NSA, has petitioned for asylum in the South American country that also sheltered Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.<p>Secret documents obtained by Rosie Gray at …

US whistleblower Snowden 'still in Moscow airport'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/989000/989790_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524615593_f14f65512590ba95781921285b457a30<p><b>Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has confirmed.</b><p>"He is a …

No One Is Talking About The Insane Law That Lets Authorities Read Any Email Over 180 Days Old

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was enacted long before everybody had email, but the government says the law lets it access 180-day old email <b>without a warrant</b><b>.</b> Here's the relevant text of the law:<p>A governmental entity may require the disclosure by a provider of electronic communications …

Judge behind Verizon order tied to free trip from libertarian think tank

Report reveals court member embroiled in phone records controversy attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar<p>U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of American customers, attended an …

'Exposure Is Inevitable'

Barton Gellman talks about his Washington Post story on PRISM and his source’s expectation that s/he will ultimately be exposed:“The source believes …

The president's 'trust me' defense of PRISM

As President Obama defends government information mining programs, many questions rise to the surface about the nature of the program and the way the information is used. Vincent Cannistraro, former CIA counter terror chief, discusses his experience with counter-terrorism efforts and how FISA was …

What you should know before your next tweet, post, or friend request

Michael Nelson, senior tech and telecom analyst, discusses the ramifications of the government’s data mining and how the data is used to track terrorists.

The Washington Post Has Now Hedged Its Stunning Claim About Google, Facebook, Etc, Giving The Government Direct Access To Their Servers

The government agencies, the Post said, were "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time."<p>This surveillance …

Now More Than Ever, Everybody's a Target in the American Surveillance State

"Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target."--A senior intelligence official previously involved with the Utah Data Center<p>The recent revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers, with the complete …

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Just Vehemently Denied Giving The Government Direct Access To Facebook Servers

Most of the major companies have now explicitly denied participating in such a program. Apple, Facebook, and Google have denied all knowledge of it.<p>An hour ago, Google CEO Larry Page published a blog post blasting the very idea that Google would do this.<p>And now Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has done …

Privacy

Sprint Taps Mike Mullen To Oversee 'National Security Agreement'

WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was hired by Sprint Nextel Corp. Friday as security director, part of the telecom giant's bid to win approval for its merger with Japan's SoftBank Inc.<p>Mullen, 66, the nation's highest ranking military officer …

'I Cannot Figure Out Why This Was Classified to Begin With'

What the PRISM leaks have in common with the Pentagon Papers

Justice Department Fights Release Of Secret Court Opinion On Law That Underpins PRISM Program

WASHINGTON -- Mere hours after President Barack Obama said Friday morning that he welcomes a debate on the federal government's highly classified surveillance programs, his Department of Justice tried to squash the release of a secret court opinion concerning surveillance law.<p>A 2011 Foreign …

Mark Udall, Ron Wyden Reject Obama Claim About NSA Phone Records Collection

Two Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected claims President Barack Obama made Friday that the National Security Agency's phone records collection program strikes the "right balance" on civil liberties and national security.<p>In a blunt intra-party response to the president's …

Gallup: 32% say W.H. ethics 'poor'

The percentage of Americans who believe President Barack Obama’s administration has poor ethical standards is higher than that measured by Gallup at various points during presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, a new poll finds.<p>Thirty-two percent of those surveyed said top Obama officials …

Report: Accidents Likely In Environmentally Fragile Seas

Many of the world's most accident-prone waters for shipping are also among the most delicate marine ecosystems, according to a new study released Friday by WWF International.<p>The fear of something like a major oil spill in environmentally sensitive waters comes as the number of vessels plying the …