National Security Agency
In a debate over the future of U.S. government surveillance and the National Security Agency, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called leaker Edward Snowden a “defector and a traitor,” and said that such metadata in 2001 could likely have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country’s top former leaders.
The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program.
During his end-of-the-year press conference, President Barack Obama fielded several questions regarding the scandal surrounding the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records.
Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the US National Security Agency, and even said he envies President Obama in light of the NSA revelations “because he can get away with it.”
President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
During a press briefing, White House spokesperson Jay Carney denied rumors regarding the potential for amnesty to be offered to former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search.
The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday that his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied that the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States.