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U.S. Officially Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

December 19, 2014 Federal authorities on Friday officially blamed North Korea for the recent debilitating hack on Sony Pictures, marking a sharp escalation in hostilities between the U.S. and the oppressive Communist regime. "The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," the agency ...

Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' Amid Sony Hack Fears

December 17, 2014 The largest movie-theater chains in the country will not show Sony Pictures' The Interview on its scheduled Christmas Day opening amid threats from hackers warning of 9/11-scale violence if the film's release is not canceled, according to multiple reports. Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment have ...

Google Says 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' To Reform NSA Spying

December 17, 2014 Google is already beginning to lay the groundwork for another push next year to rein in government spying ahead of a crucial summer deadline to some of the National Security Agency's surveillance authority. The search behemoth this week updated its "Take Action" site with a new page that promises that ...

Google: 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' to Reform NSA Spying

December 17, 2014 Google is already beginning to lay the groundwork for another push next year to rein in government spying ahead of a crucial summer deadline to some of the National Security Agency's surveillance authority. The search behemoth this week updated its "Take Action" site with a new page that promises that ...

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John Brennan: Torture Report Is Flawed

December 11, 2014 CIA Director John Brennan accused the Senate torture report Thursday of being flawed in its central findings, but acknowledged there is no clear evidence to know whether brutal interrogation techniques directly led to unique, valuable intelligence during the Bush administration's war on terror. Brennan was both defensive and elusive during ...

Congress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill

December 11, 2014 Congress this week quietly passed a bill that may give unprecedented legal authority to the government's warrantless surveillance powers, despite a last-minute effort by Rep. Justin Amash to kill the bill. Amash staged an aggressive eleventh-hour rally Wednesday night to block passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which will fund ...

Congress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill

December 11, 2014 Congress this week quietly passed a bill that may give unprecedented legal authority to the government's warrantless surveillance powers, despite a last-minute effort by Rep. Justin Amash to kill the bill. Amash staged an aggressive eleventh-hour rally Wednesday night to block passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which will fund ...

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The Senate's Torture Report Cost at Least $40 Million

December 11, 2014 Sen. Dianne Feinstein says CIA stonewalling—and not her committee—is to blame for the $40 million it cost to investigate the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used during the George W. Bush administration. Feinstein's office says the report—released Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee's Democrats—was "completed entirely with existing committee resources; only minor ...

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Udall Calls for CIA Director's Resignation

December 10, 2014 In a career-defining speech, Sen. Mark Udall took to the Senate floor Wednesday to discuss a largely classified internal CIA investigation into the agency's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation techniques," and to call for the current CIA director's resignation. Udall, an outbound Democrat from Colorado, began highlighting key conclusions from the CIA's ...

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CIA Torture Report Condems Bush-Era Detainee Treatment

December 9, 2014 A powerful Senate panel released Tuesday a historic and long-awaited report concluding the Bush-era use of so-called "enhanced interrogation" practices were ineffective, providing one of the most searing indictments yet of the previous administration's counterterrorism policies. Such harsh practices, implemented by the Central Intelligence Agency in response to the Sept. ...