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This Ted Cruz Staffer Blamed Ebola on Obamacare

October 24, 2014 Twitter is often a place for hyperbole and political spin, but here's something new. On Thursday night, health officials confirmed an Ebola case in New York City, the fourth diagnosis of the disease in the United States. Shortly after the news broke, Sen. Ted Cruz's deputy chief of staff for ...

Mass Surveillance Distracts an Overwhelmed Intelligence Community, Snowden Says

October 21, 2014 Edward Snowden on Monday suggested that if the National Security Agency focused more on traditional intelligence gathering—and less on its mass-surveillance programs—it could have thwarted the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The fugitive leaker, speaking via video to a Harvard class, said that a preoccupation with collecting bulk communications data has ...

Facebook Scolds Federal Authorities Over Fake Account

October 20, 2014 Facebook on Friday scolded federal authorities for creating a fake account on the social network to impersonate a New York woman for the purposes of a criminal investigation. Facebook likened the Drug Enforcement Administration's "harmful conduct" to using the site for domestic violence, and asked the agency to confirm it ...

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Facebook to Feds: Stop Impersonating Our Users

October 20, 2014 Facebook on Friday scolded federal authorities for creating a fake account on the social network to impersonate a New York woman for the purposes of a criminal investigation. Facebook likened the Drug Enforcement Administration's "harmful conduct" to using the site for domestic violence, and asked the agency to confirm it ...

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FBI Director: Actually, We Do Sometimes Spy Without a Warrant

October 16, 2014 FBI Director James Comey on Thursday clarified a statement he made earlier in the week that the FBI never conducts electronic surveillance without a court order, saying, "There are exceptions" to the warrant-first rule. "It remains true in the over-, over- overwhelming number of our cases—we have court authority to ...

Comey Says FBI Collects Some Digital Information Without a Warrant

October 16, 2014 FBI Director James Comey on Thursday clarified a statement he made earlier in the week that the FBI never conducts electronic surveillance without a court order, saying, "There are exceptions" to the warrant-first rule. "It remains true in the over-, over- overwhelming number of our cases—we have court authority to ...

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Mark Udall Touts NSA Reform (and Dings Obama) in Bid to Save Senate Seat

October 16, 2014 Sen. Mark Udall is reminding Colorado voters that he opposes the government's mass spy apparatus, and that he's willing to take on President Obama as he endeavors to pull it back. In a new TV spot released online Tuesday, the Colorado Democrat relies on his privacy bona fides to distance ...

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Snowden's Closest Confidant Reveals What It Was Like Spilling the NSA's Secrets

October 14, 2014 There's a prolonged scene in Laura Poitras' new documentary, Citizenfour, when Edward Snowden looks in his hotel room's mirror and tussles his hair in a nervous—and, ultimately fruitless—attempt to defeat bedhead. The shot is a revealing and humanizing moment for Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who became known ...

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Edward Snowden: Supreme Court Will Strike Down NSA Spying Programs

October 13, 2014 Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said Saturday he believes the Supreme Court will review the legality of the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs and ultimately find them unconstitutional. "These programs themselves are unconstitutional," Snowden said during an interview with journalist Jane Mayer at the New Yorker festival in New York City. ...

The FBI’s Secret Surveillance Program Is About to Go on Trial

October 8, 2014 A federal appeals court this week will review whether the government can secretly conduct electronic surveillance on Americans without first obtaining a warrant. The case, to be brought before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Wednesday, could have sweeping digital-privacy implications, and it ...