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Government Lets Internet Giants Disclose More About NSA Data Requests

January 27, 2014 The Obama administration announced Monday that it will permit Internet companies to disclose government data requests for consumer information. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the policy change in a joint statement that the administration "is acting to allow more detailed disclosures about the...

The Day Before the State of the Union Has Been Full of NSA Leaks

January 27, 2014 Rapid-fire reports revealing secret government surveillance programs hit the Internet Monday, just a day before President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address before Congress. NBC News reported Monday afternoon that the British government can "tap into the cables carrying the world's Web traffic at will and...

White House: Terrorists, Like All of Us, Might Enjoy Playing Angry Birds

January 27, 2014 The White House isn't ruling out that terrorists, just like normal, everyday people, are avid fans of the hit international video game franchise Angry Birds. White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to a reporter's question Monday asking whether the National Security Agency was collecting the information of Americans who...

Two Bitcoin-Exchange Operators Arrested for Money Laundering on Silk Road

January 27, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service might not be sure how to treat bitcoins, but the Justice Department, for now, is continuing to treat the cryptocurrency like old-fashioned greenbacks. Authorities announced Monday the arrest of two operators of bitcoin exchanges on charges of laundering more than $1 million for the purposes of...

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Sweeping Data Collection, Few Heard About Obama's Speech

January 21, 2014 America greeted President Obama's speech last week announcing reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs with collective indifference and broad skepticism, according to to a new wide-ranging Pew Research Center/USA Today poll. The poll, surveying 1,504 adults Jan. 15-19, found that 53 percent of respondents disapprove of the government's...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change and What Won't

January 21, 2014 Depending on whom you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change, And What Won't

January 17, 2014 Depending on who you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

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Obama: NSA Reforms Should Give Americans 'Greater Confidence'

January 17, 2014 In a bid to calm growing privacy concerns about the government's spying powers, President Obama outlined a series of steps Friday aimed at ushering in "concrete and substantial" reforms to the National Security Agency. "Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be...

Fighting the Next Obamacare Tech Fail

January 16, 2014 A head has rolled, but the body remains broken. In terminating CGI Federal's role in HealthCare.gov, President Obama finally "fired" one of the parties responsible for Obamacare's faulty website. That may appease the chorus of those calling on Obama to hold someone "accountable," but it does nothing to fix the...

Edward Snowden Has a New Job

January 14, 2014 Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden might be a U.S. fugitive for the rest of his life, but that small detail isn't stopping him from joining the board of a nonprofit group cofounded by Daniel Ellsberg, the onetime leaker of the Vietnam War-era Pentagon Papers. The Freedom of the...