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Why the NSA Keeps Tracking People Even After They're Dead

July 24, 2014 You may be dead, but the U.S. government won't take you off its terrorist roster. That's according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government's process for determining whether an individual should be designated as a possible terrorist suspect. So broad are their ...

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How Spy Agencies Plan to Solve Their Racism Problem

July 22, 2014 U.S. intelligence agencies are pledging "diversity and tolerance" reforms after leaks by Edward Snowden revealed a string of discriminatory practices and communications rife with racial, ethnic, and religious epithets. The office of the director of national intelligence says it will implement annual training on "multi-cultural understanding and sensitivity," an evaluation ...

Kerry Makes the Case Against Russia Over Downed Plane

July 20, 2014 In a full run of the Sunday morning news show gauntlet, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to push the Obama administration's developing line on Russia after last week's MH17 crash: Everything is on the table. Except troops. On Fox News Sunday, Kerry said that the investigation into the crash ...

Feinstein Says the U.S. Is at ‘Cold War Levels’ With Russia

July 20, 2014 Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Regardless of Putin's level of involvement ...

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John Kerry Makes the U.S. Case Against Russia Over Downed Plane

July 20, 2014 In a full run of the Sunday morning news show gauntlet, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to push the Obama administration's developing line on Russia after last week's MH17 crash: Everything is on the table. Except troops. On Fox News Sunday, Kerry said that the investigation into the crash ...

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Religious Group Demands NSA Documents in Ethnic-Slur Probe

July 18, 2014 Sikh organization is asking intelligence authorities to disclose internal communications that contain ethnic epithets. The Sikh Coalition on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Security Agency and the FBI for employee emails sent from Sept. 11, 2001, until the present that contain the slurs "raghead" ...

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Snowden: NSA Employees Are Passing Around Nude Photos

July 17, 2014 Analysts working for the National Security Agency routinely pass around private, intimate photos found in the stream of communications data intercepted, according to Edward Snowden. In a new, extensive video interview, the fugitive leaker said the fraternizing practice is seen as a "fringe benefit" of working for the intelligence agency. ...

The Obama Administration Is Looking for the Next Obamacare Website Contractor

July 17, 2014 The White House has begun its search for the next stewards of HealthCare.gov. A contract solicitation posted online Wednesday enumerates the qualifications and requirements of the next Obamacare website contractor, charged with keeping the online federal health insurance exchange portal up and running. The 60-page job posting says the next ...

Privacy Groups, Reddit Are Urging Obama to Pledge to Veto the Cybersecurity Bill

July 15, 2014 It hasn't passed Congress yet, but privacy groups are already asking President Obama to pledge to veto a controversial cybersecurity bill they fear would bolster the National Security Agency's spying powers. In a letter sent to Obama on Tuesday, Access, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reddit, and dozens of other privacy ...

The CIA Might Have Your Password After All

July 14, 2014 The CIA has been earning rave reviews for the pitch-perfect comedy of its newly created Twitter account. But while facetious tweets like "No, we don't know where Tupac is" or "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet" have lent a little levity to an intelligence ...