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NSA wants to spy on Internet of Things, biomedical devices

Washington - The National Security Agency is exploring new foreign intelligence-gathering opportunities, focusing on exploitation of the Internet of Things and Internet-connected biomedical devices.

New Snowden docs reveal Obama expanded NSA surveillance

Classified documents leaked by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the Obama administration has secretly stepped up the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' Internet use in a bid to detect malicious computer hacking.

Jeb Bush: NSA mass surveillance 'best part of Obama presidency'

Seattle - Possible Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush praised President Barack Obama for enhancing the National Security Agency by continuing its worldwide program of mass surveillance and bulk data collection.

Gov't secretly tracked nearly all U.S.-overseas calls since 1992

Nearly a decade before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration began collecting records of most international phone calls made by Americans.

Snowden docs: New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for NSA

Wellington - New Zealand has been spying on its small, friendly Pacific neighbors and Indonesia and is sharing the intelligence with international allies including the US National Security Agency, according to new revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

NSA reportedly hiding spyware deep inside hard drives

A group presumed to be the US National Security Agency has found a way to install surveillance and sabotage spyware deep inside computers it has targeted in numerous nations, a Russian cybersecurity company claimed on Monday.

Want to hide from the NSA? Washington, DC public library can help

Washington - Do you want to use the Internet without fear of the National Security Agency or other government operatives snooping on your business? The public library in our nation's capital is here to help.

GOP senators: Paris attack justifies NSA surveillance

Washington - As Republicans took control of the US Senate and its powerful intelligence committee, leading GOP senators pointed to Wednesday's Islamist terrorist attack in Paris as proof that controversial National Security Agency surveillance is justified.

Internet privacy expert: Santa would make perfect NSA agent

North Pole - Sees you when you're sleeping. Knows when you're awake. Knows if you've been bad or good. No, not the NSA. Santa Claus. And according to one leading Internet privacy analyst, old Saint Nick would be a perfect hire for our nation's intelligence agencies.

Congress to take its most important NSA surveillance vote yet

The fight over the spying powers of the National Security Agency is about to face a crucial test. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on whether it will debate the USA Freedom Act.

U.S. threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine over NSA data refusal

The United States government threatened Yahoo with a $250,000 daily fine for the Internet giant's refusal to hand over user data to the National Security Agency.

Op-Ed: Understatement uber alles? Merkel says big gap with US over NSA

Berlin-m - In what may well be a model of understatement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany and the US are “still far apart” on the subject of NSA surveillance. There’s a lot unsaid in her statement, and it’s worth a look.

Snowden still sleeps well despite death threats — new interview

Moscow - Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, last week gave an interview to German broadcaster ARD, broadcast on German television Sunday evening. In the interview, Snowden claims the NSA indulged in widespread industrial espionage.

Review: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart take on NSA spying

Whatever faults the US government may have one of them is not suppressing their comedians. In Egypt and many other countries neither of the appended videos would probably reach the airwaves or if they did, Colbert and Stewart would probably be in Jail.

Stop Watching Us releases video demanding an end to NSA spying

Stop Watching Us, a coalition of more than 100 advocacy groups and companies, has recently released a video that gathers whistleblowers, intelligence experts, celebrities and more highlighting the scope and depth of NSA spying.

Snowden: No chance Russia or China got leaked documents

New York - In his latest interview, in the New York Times, Edward Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency (NSA) consultant accused of leaking thousands of sensitive documents concerning NSA surveillance, says he took none of the leaked documents to Russia.

Op-Ed: Distrust in politicians and silicone valley following NSA leaks

Whilst many people may have suspected that governments were spying on them online, few in the west could have realised the extent of the surveillance. At least one positive has come out of this sordid affair and that is debate, but at a price — distrust

Op-Ed: My enemy's watch list

My enemy's watch list bears my name. It includes yours, and your family's too if they use the Internet or talk on a phone. Much of our everyday communications and intimate thoughts are secured in a glutted vat of zeroes and ones. My enemy is your enemy.

Op-Ed: Clapper to head Obama blue ribbon whitewash review of NSA

Washington - In his press conference on Friday, President Barack Obama offered several measures meant to reassure people about NSA surveillance programs. His fourth measure involved setting up an outside and independent board to review the programs.

Op-Ed: More Obama hypocrisy on the Snowden affair

Throughout his five years in office, President Obama’s garrulous rhetoric has typically lacked substance. Not much has changed.

Op-Ed: Obama on NSA reform — Not giving credit where credit is due

Washington - At his press conference on Friday, President Barack Obama presented a four-point plan to reform the government NSA surveillance program.

Lavabit secure email service linked to Edward Snowden shuts down

Dallas - Lavabit, the Texas-based encrypted email service provider, reportedly used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, suddenly shut down last night.

Op-Ed: NSA spying is here to stay

In one sentence, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) dismisses public outcry over the NSA's global surveillance program — and reports NSA spying will continue.

Op-Ed: The US Whistleblower Act

Washington - We are witnessing what one might call the unwritten US Whistleblower Act in action. It is not an Act meant to protect whistleblowers but the opposite, involving aggressive moves meant to force Russia to hand over whistleblower Snowden for prosecution.

Op-Ed: Washington Post slides reveal two types of NSA programs

There has been much discussion recently of the way in which US technology companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft provide data to the NSA. However, a classified slide posted by the Washington Post indicates two streams of data collection.

Snowden case: US government sued over NSA surveillance

Environmental and human rights activists, church leaders and gun rights advocates found common ground on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the federal government to halt a vast National Security Agency electronic surveillance program.

Snowden disclosures: EU votes for in-depth inquiry on NSA spying

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted a resolution, Thursday July 4, giving the go-ahead for the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs.

Croatia joins the EU amidst economic recession and unemployment

Zagreb - As the country endures its fifth year of recession and record unemployment of 21%, Croatia will be officially recognized as the latest, brand-new EU member as at midnight on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Is the FISA court process authorizing surveillance even legal?

Washington - Ever since the Guardian newspaper began publishing stories about the National Security Agency in the US and its massive spying apparatus, there have been many attempts by media and US officials to show the program is legal and closely monitored.

Wikileaks’ Assange: Snowden may get political asylum in Iceland

Hong Kong - According to reports yesterday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been in touch with representatives of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, with a view to helping Snowden obtain political asylum in Iceland.
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