"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.
The Justice Department strongly discouraged the Senate Judiciary Committee from calling former Attorney General John Ashcroft and his deputy to testify about the NSA's domestic spying, invoking executive priviledge.
The Justice Department and defense lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to delay the March sentencing of lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a Florida fraud case to allow him more time to cooperate in a broader government corruption investigation.
According to the suit, the Bush-Cheney Administration initiated numerous illegal and perpetual surveillance methods on Mr. Tooley and his family after he was incorrectly placed on the TSA's "selectee" or watch list.
The White House announced its support for a legislative proposal by Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine to exclude Bush’s NSA wiretapping program from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. "We don’t want to have any kind of debate about whether it’s cons
If the subpoena succeeds, it will establish an ominous precedent: that the Justice Department can seize Google's (and anyone else's) time and property...
The Senate pushed the Patriot Act a step closer to renewal, overwhelmingly rejecting an effort to block it. "We still have not addressed some of the most significant problems with the Patriot Act," Feingold said. At the White House, spokesm
A federal judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration on its warrantless surveillance program, ordering them to release documents about the highly classified effort within 20 days or compile a list of what it is withholding.
The Patriot Act is headed toward renewal with broad Senate support for a White House-brokered compromise that adds modest new civil liberties protections to the terror-fighting law. "The outcome here is absolutely predetermined," Senate Maj
Senior members of the Democratic party, including Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein, have said they will vote for the new deal. Sen. Russell Feingold launched another lonely filibuster against the Patriot Act, but spon
In 1984, the Rex-84 readiness exercise program was conducted by 34 federal departments and agencies,... which was conducted alongside another drill, "Night Train 84," also tested military readiness to round up and detain citizens in case
Mr. President, in June of 2004, 10 peace activists outside of Haliburton, Inc., in Houston gathered to protest the company's war profiteering. Unbeknownst to them, they were being watched. U.S. Army personnel at the top-secret Counterintelligenc
The USDA plans to make every owner of even one horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, chicken, or pigeon register in a government database and subject their property and animals to constant federal and state government surveillance, and the animal owner will
The National Counterterrorism Center maintains a central repository of 325,000 names of international terrorism suspects or people who allegedly aid them, a number that has more than quadrupled since the fall of 2003, according to counterterrorism of
Twenty-one percent of the 1,000 adults who replied to the survey conducted Thursday through Sunday said it was very likely or somewhat likely their conversations had been wiretapped, while 52 percent said it was not at all likely.
Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican
A former NSA employee said there is another ongoing top-secret surveillance program that might have violated millions of Americans' Constitutional rights. Far more wide-ranging than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the NY Times but
Surveillance cameras might soon be required at corner taverns and swanky nightclubs. Mayor Richard Daley wants to identify people entering and leaving the building, eventually including convenience stores, would have to do the same.
Chief police officers kept a controversial shoot-to-kill policy against suicide bombers secret from the public because they feared it would be "watered down". Barbara Wilding, one of the architects of the strategy known as Operation Kratos,
When Representative Heather Wilson broke ranks with President Bush to declare her "serious concerns" about domestic eavesdropping, she gave voice to what some fellow Republicans were thinking, if not saying. Now they are speaking up and gro
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of details about a purported 2002 plot to crash a plane into a downtown skyscraper, but the White House said it had contacted the mayor's office.
President Bush unveiled details about an Al-Qaeda plot to crash a hijacked airliner into the tallest building in Los Angeles in 2002. The mastermind of the 9-11 attacks planned to have terrorists use shoe bombs to breach the cockpit doors and fly the
Tony Blair desperately trying to avoid a series of Commons defeats next week, will play the terrorism card today as he tries to persuade Labour rebels and the Conservatives to back the identity cards Bill and anti-terrorism measures
I am gravely disappointed in this so-called deal. The White House agreed to only a few minor changes to the Patriot Act conference report that could not get through the Senate back in December. These changes do not address the major problems with the
Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used to obtain wiretap warrants
School principal Margaret Seibel says this year’s trip for Taft kindergarteners had to be canceled due to homeland security concerns. Access to the NASA Visitor Center is restricted to US citizens. All others might be terrorists. No tourists fro
Some reports have identified executives at "major telecommunications companies" who chose to open their networks to the NSA. Because it may be illegal to divulge customer communications, though, not one has chosen to make its cooperation pu
In the same breath, the President openly acknowledged that he has ordered the government to spy on Americans, on American soil, without the warrants required by law. The President admitted that he has deprived Americans of one of their most basic fre
Democratic and Republican lawmakers called for stronger congressional oversight of President Bush's domestic spying program, despite a new White House gesture of openness toward Congress.
What nobody talked about was spying programs like data mining browser and search engine usage, surveillance of peace and anti-war groups, data mining emails, using "total information awareness" type databases, data mining domestic phone cal