December 22nd, 2013
03:56 PM ET
12 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
12 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
December 18th, 2013
07:04 PM ET
12 months ago

Rand Paul: Intelligence director should resign

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the nation’s top intelligence official should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about mass data collection by the National Security Agency.

"I do think what your government is doing is unconstitutional, and I really think that in order to restore confidence in our intelligence community, I think James Clapper should resign," Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: Edward Snowden • NSA • Rand Paul
Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place
December 18th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place

Updated 4:13 p.m., 12/18/2013

(CNN) - An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama recommends the controversial collection of so-called metadata of Americans' electronic communications remain in place.

But the collection program predominantly covering phone records and e-mail must have tighter constraints and greater transparency, according to the report released on Wednesday.

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Filed under: NSA • White House
December 17th, 2013
10:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat

Washington (CNN) - While President Barack Obama and White House aides may have wanted the nation's top tech executives to help dissect their botched health care website, the industry titans themselves had something else in mind: the federal government's vast cybersnooping.

A source familiar with Tuesday's discussion at the White House said several executives at the meeting were frustrated with the White House's focus on HealthCare.gov, because the chiefs came to Washington to voice their concerns on surveillance issues.
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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • NSA • Obama administration
Obama to meet with Apple's Tim Cook, other tech CEOs
December 16th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to meet with Apple's Tim Cook, other tech CEOs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – President Obama will meet with more than a dozen big-named tech CEOs on Tuesday to discuss cybersecurity and the failures of the Obamacare website.

In attendance will be Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings among others.

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Filed under: NSA • Obamacare • President Obama
Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional
December 16th, 2013
02:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

(CNN) - A federal judge said Monday that he believes the government's once-secret collection of domestic phone records is unconstitutional, setting up likely appeals and further challenges to the data mining revealed by classified leaker Edward Snowden.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata - phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content - apparently violates privacy rights.

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Filed under: NSA
December 16th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
1 year ago

NSA official: Snowden amnesty 'worth having a conversation about'

Washington (CNN) - The top NSA official tasked with assessing the damage from Edward Snowden's leaks says he would consider amnesty for the former contractor in exchange for a halt to the flow of top secret information about U.S. spying.

Snowden, currently in Moscow evading a U.S. warrant for his arrest on espionage charges, leaked information on widespread data collection that's spurred outcry and forced President Barack Obama to review the spy agency's powers.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • NSA
Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance
December 9th, 2013
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance

(CNN) – Some U.S. technology giants are asking the Obama administration and Congress to rein in government surveillance.

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are among the companies signing an open letter arguing that surveillance has gone too far. The companies say they're improving encryption and fighting to limit surveillance requests, but they're also asking for new legal changes to limit surveillance.

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Filed under: Facebook • NSA
Obama talks health care, NSA and 2016
December 5th, 2013
08:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama talks health care, NSA and 2016

Update 9:25 p.m. ET, 12/5/2013

Washington (CNN) - When asked who would make a better successor – Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton – President Barack Obama joked that there was, "Not a chance am I going there." And quickly added, "Both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents."

Obama made the remarks in a wide ranging interview on MSNBC with Chris Matthews. He tackled issues from Obamacare and the NSA to the political stalemate in Washington and the faltering economy.
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Filed under: Health care • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • NSA • Obamacare • President Obama
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