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Some in NSA Warned of a Backlash

Photo shows the sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON — Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and... more

NSA Director: China Can Damage US Power Grid

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WASHINGTON –  The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States. The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command. Rogers said he believed China along with "one or two" other countries had the capabi... more

NSA Surveillance Limits: The Focus Turns to Courts

Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON — While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers. Three appeals courts are hearing lawsuits against the bulk phone records program, creating the potential f... more

Report: NSA Eyed Preset Strikes in Cyberattacks

Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON  — The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a war, according to a new report based on interviews with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The program, codena... more

Snowden: I'd Go to Prison for 'Right Purpose'

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden may be staying in Russia for the time being, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't come back to the U.S. -- even if if meant jail time. In a wide-ranging interview with Wired, the NSA leaker living as a fugitive in Moscow described himself as a patriot, but one unwilling to hand himself over without a reason. "I told the government ... more

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