NSA

RPaul's Plan to Punish Snowden

Oliver Darcy, The Blaze

Rand Paul appeared to call for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to face a light punishment of a few years in prison instead of the death penalty or a lifetime sentence for disclosing info. on secret gov't surveillance programs.

A Judicial Difference of Opinion on NSA

David Keene, The Washington Times

The two district court decisions this Christmas on the constitutionality and practical utility of the NSA’s continuing drive to collect information on each of us shows how Americans are a practical rather than ideological.

Snowden: Mission Accomplished

Associated Press Staff

NSA leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies.

NSA's Bad Week

Jed Babbin, American Spectator

The collision of technology’s limits and our constitutional rights made for a very bad week for the NSA. Two events — one, a U.S. district court decision and the other the report of a presidential committee on NSA’s activities — combined to put in doubt NSA’s ability under the Constitution to continue its massive data collection.

GOP: NSA Chief Must be Fired

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

James Sensenbrenner demanded that Eric Holder investigate the NSA’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, for lying to Congress, saying that he wasn’t honest when he denied the gov't was collecting phone records.

Judge: NSA Phone Program Unconstitutional

Josh Gerstein, Politico

A federal judge ruled that the NSA program that collects all US phone calls appears to violate the 4th Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He said the DOJ failed to demonstrate that collecting the info. had helped to head off terrorist attacks.

Will Snowden Get Amnesty for Docs?

Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian

NSA officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the US, in exchange for the many documents he took. The State Dept. and other key figures oppose it.

Clapper Should Resign for Lying to Congress

David Keene, The Washington Times

NSA Dir. James Clapper should have resigned when he was caught lying. He said he advised Patraeus that he should do the honorable thing and resign for his affair cover-up. Clapper should heed his own advice.

Snowden: NSA Tracks Cell Locations Globally

Brendan Sasso, The Hill

The NSA collects location data on hundreds of millions of cellphones around the world, around 5,000 phones per day, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden to The Washington Post.

NSA Expert: Snowden Cache='Catastrophic'

Kate Tummarello, The Hill

Former NSA director Michael Hayden said he would not work with Snowden to keep the documents hidden.

Could Russia Be Spying on US?

Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt, New York Times

The CIA and the Pentagon have been quietly waging a campaign to stop the State Department from allowing the Russian space agency to build half a dozen antenna structures, known as monitor stations, on U.S. soil.

Google: US Spying Boomed Over 3 Years

Brendan Sasso, The Hill

The number of U.S. gov't requests for Google user data have more than tripled over the past three years. In the first half of '13, there were 10,918 U.S. requests for data on 21,683 users.

Can Europe Help Curb NSA Spying?

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) asked the European Parliament to work with the US on finding a balance between liberty and security. He said this would require curbs to the NSA's surveillance programs.

Snowden's Inconvenient Spy Truth

David Keene, The Washington Times

Although many Americans continue to regard Edward Snowden as a traitor, he is seen increasingly by many Europeans as a whistleblowing hero, and for Russia’s Putin, he is the gift that keeps on giving.

Hey, Merkel; Tell Obama to Take a Hike

Patrick Buchanan, Townhall

What did she do to deserve public upbraiding by U.S. Treasury?

Paul: New Intelligence Head a Must

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax

The US has lost credibility through the damaging leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and Rand Paul believes the only way to start fresh is "with somebody new in charge" of intelligence services.

Obama’s Big Government and Big Business vs. We the People

The battle between Barack Obama’s Big Government and limited government constitutional conservatives began when he was sworn in and has grown fiercer by the day. For us to win this battle we must remember who Obama’s most potent allies are – the Big Businesses that benefit the most from his Big Government policies.

NSA Grabs Your Google, Yahoo Data

Byron Acohido, USA Today

An NSA data snooping program, MUSCULAR, was revealed to be copying all traffic flowing between Google and Yahoo. In the latest leak from Edward Snowden, NSA partnered with the British GCHQ, on MUSCULAR.

Snowden Heartens NSA Spying Protesters

United Press International Staff

At a DC rally activists pushed for reforms that would prohibit blanket surveillance of phone and Internet activity of citizens. They also want a special committee to investigate and report domestic spying violations and create regulatory reforms. Edward Snowden sent an encouraging note to the crowd.