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Stories with subject: Government surveillance
  • In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:50 am
  • NEW YORK - A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance of Americans. Leaked revelations hit the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny.

  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:30 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.

  • Candidates try to stand out in crowded GOP field 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:44 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - Most of the money funneling into the Republican primary for Montana's open U.S. House seat is going to one candidate, leaving the others to look for ways to stand out and get their message heard in a crowded field.

  • Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:46 am
  • MOSCOW - Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.

  • Appeals court upholds Snowden email firm contempt 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:54 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:17 am
  • LONDON - A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.

  • 2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:45 pm
  • NEW YORK - Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden.

  • Ex-NSA exec says spy programs violate Constitution 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:31 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - The National Security Agency's sweeping secret surveillance programs are violating Americans' constitutional rights, and a new warehouse in Utah is a symbol of the agency's unbridled power and extraordinary secrecy, a former agency executive said Thursday in Utah.

  • Head of German NSA inquiry quits over Snowden row 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:43 am
  • BERLIN - The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

  • Man sentenced to time served in tax fraud scheme 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 10:53 pm
  • PHOENIX - A California man who admitted receiving $1.9 million in fraudulent electronic tax returns from a sophisticated scheme that federal authorities found difficult to crack was soon expected to walk out of jail after being sentenced Monday in a federal court in Phoenix to the five years he's spent in custody.

  • Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:50 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process.

  • US confirms warrantless searches of Americans 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 5:56 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday.

  • South Carolina editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:41 pm
  • Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:

  • US appeals ruling to let lawyers see secret files 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 9:02 pm
  • CHICAGO - A decision by a trial judge in Chicago to grant lawyers for a terrorism suspect unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records would be a "sea change" in how such sensitive documents are handled and could end up jeopardizing national security, U.S. government attorneys argue in a hard-hitting appeal filed on Monday.

  • Rogers, GOP hawk, quitting Congress for radio show 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 8:51 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year.

  • UN raps US civil rights record on secret programs 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 5:04 pm
  • GENEVA - A U.N. panel has found serious shortcomings in the United States' civil rights record, with experts citing Thursday a lack of adequate oversight and transparency in national security programs dealing with everything from electronic surveillance to targeted drone killings and secret detentions.

  • Verizon raises issues on formats for phone data 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 3:04 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Verizon says it mostly supports the president's plan to move storage of Americans' phone records from the government to the telecom companies.

  • Experts say NSA rules leave privacy vulnerable 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 3:30 pm
  • STANFORD, California - Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks."

  • Obama says NSA proposal satisfied public concerns 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 11:48 am
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - President Barack Obama says a proposal to have U.S. telephone companies hold onto call record data satisfies public concerns about government being in control of the data.

  • Crimea crisis puts US spying in new spotlight 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:21 am
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama talks often by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel - at least five times over the past month. But he can no longer be as certain as he once was that he knows what she's thinking, really thinking, at a time like this.

  • Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 12:29 am
  • WASHINGTON - The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls.

  • Report: NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 6:22 pm
  • BERLIN - U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported Saturday.

  • Judge says Justice Dept failed to inform him 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 9:42 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A judge on Friday took the Justice Department to task for failing to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that a federal court in California had issued orders to preserve phone data collected in a government surveillance program.

  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 7:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people's privacy.

  • Muslim group to appeal ruling on police spying 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 1:44 pm
  • NEWARK, New Jersey - A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that determined that New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.