January 17th, 2014
03:33 PM ET
3 months ago

What is the FISA court?

Washington (CNN) – It may be the most powerful court you have never heard of - operating out of a bunker-like complex blocks from the Capitol and the White House - sealed tightly to prevent eavesdropping.

Its a tribunal that is secret (or supposed to be). Its structure is largely one-sided and its members are unilaterally chosen by one unelected person.


Filed under: NSA
January 17th, 2014
01:08 PM ET
3 months ago

Transcript: Obama's NSA speech

(CNN) - President Obama proposed changes Friday to the federal surveillance programs.

Read the transcript below:
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Filed under: NSA • President Obama • Uncategorized
Live blog: Obama's NSA speech
January 17th, 2014
10:44 AM ET
3 months ago

Live blog: Obama's NSA speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announced sweeping changes to U.S. surveillance efforts exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, whose disclosures raised questions about government overreach in fighting terror.

Obama will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Follow CNN's live blog for the latest updates in his speech, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
January 17th, 2014
07:13 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama to announce changes to NSA data collection

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Obama will say that he is ordering a transition of the current intelligence-gathering program to one that addresses concerns of privacy and civil liberties, the official said.

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Filed under: NSA • President Obama
Sen. Paul: Snowden deserves 'reasonable sentence'
January 5th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
4 months ago

Sen. Paul: Snowden deserves 'reasonable sentence'

Washington (CNN) - While Sen. Rand Paul thinks Edward Snowden shouldn't escape prosecution, the Kentucky lawmaker said Sunday the NSA leaker should receive some leniency.

"I don't think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison," Paul told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "I think that's inappropriate."

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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Edward Snowden • James Clapper • NSA • Rand Paul
NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress
January 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
4 months ago

NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress

Washington (CNN) - Congress is just like everyone else. That's the message the National Security Agency has for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont sent a letter to the agency Friday, asking whether it has or is "spying" on members of Congress and other elected American officials.
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Congress • NSA
Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping
January 3rd, 2014
03:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping

(CNN) – The Justice Department on Friday appealed a December federal court decision threatening the National Security Agency's program that collects data on nearly every phone call made in the United States.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington found the program was likely unconstitutional.

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Filed under: Justice Department • NSA
December 27th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
4 months ago

NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection

(CNN) – The National Security Agency notched a much-needed win in court, after a series of setbacks over the legality and even the usefulness of its massive data collection program.

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal.

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Filed under: NSA
December 22nd, 2013
03:56 PM ET
4 months ago

Did the NSA overreach? Lawmakers spar over data-collection program

(CNN) – Members of Congress are split on whether to rein in the National Security Agency's surveillance activities after intelligence leaks revealed the extent of the government's data-collection program.

A review of NSA surveillance practices ordered by the White House recommended changes to the program including greater judicial oversight and more public transparency in the collection of metadata. And a U.S. district judge said that the mass collection of phone records was probably unconstitutional.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Mark Udall • Mike Rogers • NSA • Pat Leahy • Peter King
December 19th, 2013
03:01 PM ET
4 months ago

Surveillance program is now Obama's to own

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama stands at a significant crossroad.

On Wednesday, he received a set of recommendations from a panel he appointed to review the government's surveillance programs - a decision he made after Edward Snowden's blockbuster leaks about National Security Agency spying triggered outrage.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
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