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Keep out: White House fence gets extra spikes
The White House is relying on quite a medieval solution to keep intruders away. Contractors have finished bolting rows of metal spikes to the fence around the presidential residency, as Washington is getting prepared for Independence Day.

02.07.2015 15:15

License to snoop: Court revives NSA spy program through December
The NSA can reboot its bulk collection program, which expired on June 1, for a period of five more months. This was the decision of a federal spy court put in charge of reviewing the agency’s future petitions for records under the USA Freedom Act.

30.06.2015 18:25

Bush-era officials can be sued for abuse of 9/11 detainees – court
A federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit against former Justice Department and law enforcement officials for violating the rights of men perceived as Arab or Muslim who were rounded up after 9/11 and held for months, sometimes in solitary confinement.

18.06.2015 16:45

Downed US visa system needs another week of fixes, thousands stranded
The US State Department said that it will need another week before it can completely fix a technical issue that has taken down the US visa issuing system.

18.06.2015 00:08

Illegal immigrant allowed to practice law in New York faces death threats
An undocumented immigrant, Cesar Vargas, who was officially allowed to practice law in New York State, has been receiving death threats. The prominent rights advocate told RT people had called him a “filthy illegal alien” and they were “going to get him.”

13.06.2015 03:45

DHS whistleblower ‘almost loses child’ for probing immigration & corruption
After voicing concerns about an obscure US immigration program for foreign investors, a Department of Homeland Security agent says she was barred from owning a personal firearm and almost lost custody of her one-year-old adopted daughter.

12.06.2015 00:14

GOP, big business seek to expand domestic surveillance with CISA
Only a week after Congress passed reforms to curb Patriot Act spying, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and big business lobbyists are moving to expand domestic surveillance.

11.06.2015 20:45

Leave our encryption alone: Top tech firms, groups appeal to White House
Two of the top trade associations for major technology companies such as Google and IBM voiced their strident opposition to any policy proposal that would weaken encryption systems for the benefit of law enforcement.

09.06.2015 15:16

Let us spy for 6 months more: NSA asks court for extension of expired surveillance program
Department of Justice officials have asked a federal court to restart the NSA spy programs shut down when portions of the Patriot Act expired on June 1. The US government claims the Freedom Act allows surveillance to continue for six more months.

08.06.2015 20:11

TSA director fired after damaging report on security lapses
The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration has been removed from the position following a report that found numerous instances where government investigators were able to take prohibited items through airport security checkpoints.

02.06.2015 15:54

TSA fail! Agents' success nabbing weapons, explosives smugglers only 5%, report says
Federal agents tasked with keeping US airports safe failed to stop prohibited items from passing through security 95 percent of the time, an internal investigation has revealed.

01.06.2015 15:14

Fear and loathing of the USA PATRIOT Act
Several controversial provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire Sunday: The Obama administration insists that letting the law lapse would harm US security, while critics counter that it would be a big step in ending NSA abuses as exposed by Snowden.

29.05.2015 23:39