Browsing Category: Privacy

The NSA, Metadata and Straw Men

Categories: Government, Privacy

For the people expecting President Barack Obama to announce sweeping changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs, his speech on Friday likely was a major disappointment. Obama laid out some new controls and limits for some of the more controversial programs, specifically the phone metadata collection system, but much of the speech focused on why the[...]

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Metadata Program ‘Not Uniquely Valuable Enough’ to Justify Privacy Intrusions

Categories: Government, Privacy

In a mostly friendly and non-confrontational hearing on Tuesday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spent a couple of hours talking to members of the White House-appointed NSA review board about the extent of the agency’s surveillance and the panel’s recommendations for reform

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Former NSA Officials Detail Failures of Agency Programs in Letter to Obama

In the weeks and months leading up to 9/11, the National Security Agency had been working on a new information-gathering and analysis system known as THINTHREAD, a system that was built in-house and was meant to replace the uncountable number of stand-alone collection systems and attendant databases the agency had. Its architects believed it had[...]

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