Aleksander Chan · 06/19/14 10:06PM

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed, 293-123-1, an amendment to cut funding for the NSA's backdoor surveillance on Americans.

NSA Out-NSAs Itself in Lawsuit Defense

Andy Cush · 06/11/14 11:55AM

Jewel v. NSA, a lawsuit filed in 2008 — years before the Edward Snowden leaks — takes the National Security Agency to task for the mass surveillance of AT&T customers' communications.

Snowden: "Sometimes To Do The Right Thing You Have to Break a Law"

Aleksander Chan · 05/29/14 08:36AM

Edward Snowden gave his first U.S. television interview to NBC's Brian Williams last night, almost one year after he was first revealed as the NSA contractor who leaked documents about the U.S. government's digital surveillance techniques.

Hamilton Nolan · 04/07/14 09:07AM

Spy agency mouthpiece Michael Hayden yesterday criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein for showing "deep, emotional feeling" about the Senate's report on the CIA's torture program. Michael Hayden is really something (a torture apologist).

Adam Weinstein · 03/25/14 11:53AM

Edward Snowden's disclosures may have helped the Russians conceal their moves in Crimea, unnamed U.S. officials subtly suggest without evidence. But "I think it's good for Americans to know the kinds of things that have been revealed by him," says Jimmy Carter. Get on the same page, fellas!

​Obama Will Push for End to NSA's Bulk Data Collection

Taylor Berman · 03/25/14 06:54AM

Four months after the White House's review panel suggested similar changes, President Obama is finally ready to abandon the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. According to the White House's proposal, the records would stay with the phone companies for just 18 months; in order to access the data, the NSA would need to convince a judge in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the information was pertinent to a specific investigation. As it the law is now, the NSA collects the records in bulk from the companies and stores them for five years.

"The Story of Our Lives" at the Sources and Secrets Conference

Hamilton Nolan · 03/21/14 02:15PM

The NSA, America's all seeing eye, doesn't want to know everything about everybody, Barton Gellman said today, his face hovering on a screen at the front of the New York Times' airy auditorium. "It wants to be able to know anything about anybody."

The NSA Has Its Own Advice Columnist

Taylor Berman · 03/07/14 03:12PM

Here's perhaps the only lighthearted revelation from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks: The spy agency has its own advice columnist. The anonymous writer, who uses the pen name "Zelda," has covered everything from flip-flops in the office to nosey supervisors.

Apps Have Been Leaking "Golden Nuggets" of Personal Info to the NSA

Nitasha Tiku · 01/27/14 01:08PM

The Guardian has obtained top secret documents from Edward Snowden that show that both the NSA and GCHQ (its UK equivalent) have been developing the ability to siphon personal information from "leaky" smartphone apps such as Google Maps and Angry Birds. In one document, the agency lays out the "perfect scenario" of the type of info it can obtain when a photo taken with a smartphone is uploaded to a social media site.

NSA Pleased to Learn America Is Ignoring It

Hamilton Nolan · 01/21/14 10:42AM

The past year brought seemingly endless revelations about the mind-blowing extent of the NSA's spying on all of us. Last week, the president finally gave a speech about reforming the NSA. Nobody listened to it.

Obama: NSA Surveillance Is Awesome and Also Awful and Um... Yeah. USA!

Adam Weinstein · 01/17/14 12:15PM

In response to the uproar over NSA spying allegations, President Obama called for modest reforms to federal data collection Friday in a long, complicated speech that tried to thread a difficult needle, appearing adequately patriotic and tough on terror while respecting Americans' civil liberties.