The campaign to rein in the surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) has become even more difficult. Instead, Congress has used a set of provisions to expand the agency’s data-gathering power.
Germany’s chief prosecutor said there is still no hard evidence linking the NSA to the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, especially because the investigation failed to get a hold of the original NSA document authorizing the spying.
Internet freedom around the world has tumbled for the fourth consecutive year, with 36 out of 65 assessed countries showing negative trends as more governments resort to repressive measures that stifle online use.
The UK government is not off the hook after the British surveillance watchdog, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, ruled the program of dragnet data collection does not violate human rights, Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, told RT.
Collecting the call records of millions of Americans is nothing compared to the latest revelation about the National Security Agency. According to documents published on Thursday, the NSA is working to exploit every cell phone network on Earth.
Sweden’s Greens have called on Stockholm to grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum and fly him to the country on an official government plane. The move comes as Snowden prepares to receive a Swedish “alternative Nobel” human rights award.
Britain’s surveillance body, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), could be tapping underwater cables connecting Ireland to the global web, according to a new document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and released by German media.
Despite the historic lessons Germany has bent over backwards trying to accommodate spying requests by the US, yet has done nothing so far to protect the privacy of its own citizens guaranteed by the constitution, Annie Machon, former UK MI5 agent told RT.
NSA experts advised the agency’s top executives to ax the mass collection of domestic landline phone conversation records as crossing a previously sacrosanct red line. The experts questioned its effectiveness and said it could lead to risks if exposed.