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McCain, Feinstein, White House chief of staff visit Gitmo

President Obama’s chief of staff accompanied two senators to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Friday, two weeks after Obama announced a renewed effort to close the facility.<p>Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), a …

How Google and Facebook May Help with the NSA and PRISM

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>An update and slight correction, 7:59 p.m.</i>: A spokesperson forwarded us this message from Google's …

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center

It’s the ultimate machine of the Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian data center rising in Utah.<p>Remember the Stasi, the secret police who …

Was a subway terror plot really foiled by the PRISM surveillance program?

President Obama addressed the US government's controversial domestic surveillance programs on Friday, justifying them in part because of his assessment that "they helped us prevent terrorist attacks," but without mentioning any specific incidents to back up that claim. Now, <i>Reuters</i> and <i>The New York</i> …

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Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …

NSA Revelations Bring Democrats And Republicans Together In Outrage

A new breed of conservatives join liberal Democrats in opposition to NSA surveillance programs. "We're not tied to the Bush administrations policies, which were also wrong," said Rep. Justin Amash.<p>WASHINGTON— The revelations this week of broad government spying on U.S. citizens have at least been …

After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence tracking tool.<p>In a fresh wave of documents obtained by The Guardian, the details of the NSA's data mining tool "Boundless Informant" are laid out for the world to …

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Prism: claims of GCHQ circumventing law are 'fanciful nonsense', says Hague

William Hague is to make a statement to parliament on Monday to respond to allegations that GCHQ has gathered information on British citizens from …

No, there isn’t a GOP civil war

It’s the establishment, Fox News, Heritage, Rush and the Koch Bros, versus a few moderates. That’s a mercy killing<p>It’s commonplace these days to suggest that a “civil war” has broken out in the Republican Party. The <i>casus belli</i> seems to consist mainly of two things: Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack …

Maher: Reagan wrote GOP playbook

Bill Maher ripped former President Ronald Reagan on his show Friday night, saying the Republican icon would “fit in just fine” with the right-wing of today’s GOP.<p>“This has become conventional wisdom, that the Republican Party has gone so far right Reagan himself wouldn’t fit in. But I’m here …

NDAA: Indefinite Detention, Guantanamo Bay Battles Emerge Amid NSA Spying Scandal

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week on two other contentious issues -- the power to indefinitely detain Americans and keeping open the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.<p>With very …

California School Asks Kids To Swap Their Toy Guns For A Free Bike

The purpose of the trade-in is to stop children from playing with toy guns, which may make them more likely to commit violence with real guns, said Strobridge Elementary principal Chris Hill.<p>"Playing with toys guns, saying 'I'm going to shoot you,' desensitizes them, so as they get older, it's …

Finally, We Get Some Answers About How The Government Gets Data From Facebook, Google, Etc.

This direct access, the initial reports implied, allows the government to follow the communications of any of the companies' hundreds of millions of users in real time, with no legal oversight.<p>One of the stories quoted a career intelligence officer as saying that this surveillance program was so …

Does NSA violate EU law?

European officials have spoken out against the US surveillance program, saying it infringes on privacy protections<p>President Obama wants America to know that the PRISM scandal, which revealed the NSA and FBI have unfettered access to the data centers of companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, …

Official: 13 briefings for Hill on call-tracking legal provision

The Obama Administration provided 13 briefings to members of Congress or their staff since 2009 on the legal provision in the Patriot Act used to authorize the broad phone call-tracking surveillance disclosed this week, a senior administration official said Saturday.<p>It's not clear precisely what …

Let the Attorney General Do His Job

The actions of the attorney general and the Department of Justice have been criticized for infringing on our fundamental freedoms as Americans. It seems that the security of our freedoms has been questioned several times in the last few months, and "scandal" seems to be the Republican theme of the …

Connecting the Dots Between Drone Killings and Newly Exposed Government Surveillance

First came news accounts of the government's use of armed drones in the targeted killing of suspected terrorists abroad. Then came the revelations about government surveillance programs, breathtaking in their scale, tapping into data on phone calls, emails, Internet searches and more.<p>These …

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Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree.<p>Addressing the controversy over widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic Friday, Obama said, "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a …

DNI chief condemns 'rush to publish'

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticized the news media Saturday for what he called a “rush to publish” information based on “reckless” leaks about the government surveillance tool PRISM.<p>Clapper said the programs are both longstanding and well-known to Congress, which he said is …

John Yarmuth: 'Mitch McConnell Sucks' (VIDEO)

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) had some harsh words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) while speaking at an event for the Jefferson County Democratic Party in Kentucky.<p>"I can be really brief tonight and just say, Mitch McConnell sucks,” Yarmuth said Thursday, according to the Washington …

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Greenwald: Some Parts Of NSA Story Won't Be Published

“We’re not engaged in a mindless, indiscriminate document dump, and our source didn’t want us to be,” said Glenn Greenwald, the author of the Guardian story about the government monitoring phone and Internet records.<p>The main author of a string of stories revealing large-scale top secret spying on …

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Obama Administration To Open Criminal Investigation Into NSA Spying Leaks

After revelations came this week detailing the NSA's tracking of millions of Americans' emails and phone calls, "a source familiar with high-level discussions" told Fox on Saturday that a criminal report had been filed.<p>"We're still in early stages," White House spokesman Ben Rhodes told Fox News.<p>A …

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Portals Navigation<p>Outlook.com<br>• Microsoft Store<br>• Skype<br>• Rewards<br>• Office<br>• eBay Sponsored<br>• OneDrive<br>• Maps<br>• Facebook<br>• OneNote<br>• Twitter<p>Get your mail here<p>See your recent emails<br>• Send a quick email<br>• Manage your calendar with easy access<p>Sign in with any Microsoft account: Outlook, Hotmail, MSN, Live<p>What is a Microsoft …