For over 15 years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history o
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller urged telecommunications officials to record their customers' Internet activities. In a private meeting with industry representatives, Gonzales, Mueller and other senior members of
As a former NSA analyst, I'm dismayed by teh continuing revelations of the NSA's warrantless -- and therefore illegal -- spying. The case involved fundamental issues related to NSA's missions and long-standing rules of engagement. What*
The Bush Adminstration and the NSA have been secretly monitoring the email messages and phone calls of all Americans. They are doing it for our own good. To find terrorists. Many people have criticized NSA's resources, as unconsititutional, as
Lawyers for AT&T accidentally released sensitive information while defending a lawsuit that accuses the company of facilitating a government wiretapping program. AT&T's attorneys filed a 25-page legal brief striped with thick black lines that wer
The White House's new civil liberties board is just getting to work more than a year after it was ordered by Congress, dogged by criticism that it must act more quickly and forcefully to protect Americans' rights in the war against terrorism.
Is the U.S. becoming a police state? Here are the top 10 signs that it may well be the case.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to interview leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives over leaks of information related the the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance activities.
Telephone calling records from before the US terror attacks of Sept 11,2001, helped the National Security Agency develop a template to highlight terrorist. Officials who asked not to be indentified told USA Today the ongoing collection and analysis
Still think you are free?
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will not pursue complaints about a spy agency's access to millions of telephone records because it cannot obtain classified material, the FCC's chairman said.
The National Security Agency developed a pilot program in the late 1990s that would have enabled it to gather and analyze huge amounts of communications data without running afoul of privacy laws. But after the Sept. 11 attacks, it shelved the projec
Prisons and jails added more than 1,000 inmates each week for a year, putting almost 2.2 million people, or one in every 136 U.S. residents, behind bars. That 2.6%increase from mid-2004 to mid-2005 translates into a weekly rise of 1,085 inmates.
The case tests previous Supreme Court rulings that police armed with warrants generally must knock and announce themselves or they run afoul of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. The court has said that police can enter
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman has become the highest-ranking former NSA official to speak out about the domestic spy program. “There clearly was a line in the FISA statutes which says you couldn’t do this,” said Inman last week in remarks that have receive
[So where the hell is Phoenix?] Chicago would become the largest of 200 US cities to oppose civil liberties "abuses" invoked by the USA Patriot Act under a resolution advanced by a City Council committee over the objections of US Attorney P
Thirty-two months after being stopped at an illegal multi-jurisdictional task force operation masquerading as a 'sobriety checkpoint', the TOPD finally implemented
President Bush insisted that the US does not listen in on domestic telephone conversations among ordinary Americans. But he declined to specifically discuss the government's alleged compiling of phone records, or whether it would amount to an inv
Secret documents that allegedly detail the surveillance of AT&T phone lines under the Bush administration's domestic spying program can be used in a lawsuit against the telephone giant, but the records will remain sealed. U.S. District Judge V
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and conservative members of his panel have reached agreement on legislation that may determine the legality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program, GOP sources say.
The White House, in an abrupt reversal, has agreed to let the full Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees review President Bush's domestic spying program, lawmakers said.
The DOJ says it secretly sought phone records and other documents of 3,501 people last year under a provision of the Patriot Act that does not require judicial oversight. They are being used to obtain phone records of reporters at ABC News and elsewh
We should be terrified that Congress has not been doing its job and because all of the checks and balances put in place to prevent this have been deliberately obviated. In order to get this done, the NSA and White House went around all of the checks
In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants in the hunt for terrorists
A syndicated hip-hop disc jockey arrested after making on-air racial and sexual rants about a rival radio personality's wife and young child has been released on bail. DJ Star was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a broadcast
The 1986 Stored Communications Act, expressly forbids companies from turning over customers' records to the government without a warrant. Allows claims of at least $1,000 for each violation. 50 million people = $50 billion
The road to delivering this critical antiterrorism tool has taken detours to locations, companies and groups often linked to Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) who is the powerful subcommittee chairman that controls the Homeland Security budget.
If the National Security Agency is indeed amassing a colossal database of Americans' phone records, one way to use all that information is in "social network analysis," a data-mining method that aims to expose previously invisible conne
A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil. In an era when other intelligence agencies try to hide those operations, the director of the National Geospatial-Int
The National Security Agency and other U.S. government organizations have developed hundreds of software programs and analytic tools to "harvest" intelligence, and they've created dozens of gigantic databases designed to discover potent