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National Intelligence At Heart Of Internet Data-Mining Program
2013-06-07 08:10:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Less than a day after The Guardian released information on secret documents that showed the National Security Agency has been culling call data from Verizon customers, new documents have been revealed that paint the NSA as Internet data miners. According to The Guardian´s new report, the NSA has been gaining direct access to Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other US Internet agencies. The secret documents reveal that the NSA...

NSA Gains Court Order To Collect Data On All Verizon Calls
2013-06-06 07:46:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a British newspaper, the US government has been secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers since April 25. The Guardian reports the US National Security Agency (NSA) was granted access to the data by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has allowed the culling of records through July 19. The court order doesn´t actually allow the NSA to collect any information...

2008-08-01 09:00:26

Text of report by Serbian pro-government broadsheet Politika, on 29 July [Report by Milan Galovic: "When the BIA Chats"] Recently, chatting on the internet, talking on Skype (visual and audio communication through the web), or just sending a simple e- mail have become subject to clearly regulated surveillance by the Serbian security services. The Republican Telecommunications Agency [RATEL] has recently adopted the "Technical Conditions for Internet Web Subsystems, Units, Equipment, and...

2008-07-11 09:00:51

Urgent: Bush signs new surveillance bill granting legal immunity to telecom companies WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush signed on Thursday a new bill that would provide legal immunity to telecommunication companies that take part in the government's surveillance program. (c) 2008 Xinhua News Agency - CEIS. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-10 06:00:04

By Peter Eisler WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved a major revision of the 30-year-old law regulating the government's electronic surveillance program Wednesday, ending a debate that threatened to freeze intelligence operations. The bill, which President Bush promised to sign, is designed to end at least 40 lawsuits against telecommunication companies that have aided the government. The Senate passed the bill, 69-28, after rejecting amendments aimed at limiting the companies' ability...

2008-07-10 00:00:05

WASHINGTON _ The Senate overwhelmingly approved a foreign intelligence surveillance bill Wednesday that sets new terms for how the government can spy on suspected terrorists and provides retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies for participating in the government's program to eavesdrop on Americans without warrants following the Sept. 11 attacks. Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, voted for the measure after previously voting for an amendment...

2008-06-20 15:00:15

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated wiretapping law Friday that includes protection from civil suits for telecommunications companies. The measure passed 293 to 129, ending a yearlong fight between the Democratic Party majority in Congress and the Bush administration, The Washington Post reported. Verizon and other telecommunications companies face about 40 lawsuits over cooperation with the government in warrantless wiretapping. While a majority of Democrats voted...

2008-06-20 09:00:02

By ERIC LICHTBLAU By Eric Lichtblau The New York Times WASHINGTON After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government's wiretapping powers. The deal provides what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in President Bush's warrantless eavesdropping after the Sept. 11 attacks. The deal, expanding the government's powers to spy on terrorism suspects in some key respects, would...

2006-08-17 12:20:00

DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday ordered the Bush administration to halt the National Security Agency's program of domestic eavesdropping, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was a setback for the Bush administration, which has defended the program as an essential tool in its war on terrorism. Judge Anna Diggs Taylor said the controversial practice of warrantless wiretapping known as the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" violated free speech rights,...

2006-07-26 13:26:14

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities could not track al Qaeda effectively if required to obtain court warrants before eavesdropping on telephone conversations involving U.S. callers, top intelligence officials said on Wednesday. Three administration officials, including CIA Director Michael Hayden, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to press lawmakers to ease warrant requirements for the surveillance of al Qaeda suspects. "Why should our laws make it...


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