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NSA starts security Tumblr after Obama insists on greater openness

NSA starts security Tumblr after Obama insists on greater openness

The US government has set up a new tumblr of declassified documents as part of attempts to reassure the public on what data the NSA and other agencies collect on them. The site, IC On The Record, aims to "declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive NSA programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security," NSA director James Clapper writes in a launch statement.

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NSA unlawfully stored 56,000 US emails a year, 2011 court ruling reveals

NSA unlawfully stored 56,000 US emails a year, 2011 court ruling reveals

The NSA's PRISM program unlawfully gathered "tens of thousands" of emails and other communications in a surveillance sweep described as "fundamentally different" to what courts had approved, according to a newly-declassified FISA court opinion. The 2011 ruling by John D. Bates, chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court responsible for green-lighting monitoring, slammed the National Security Agency for misleading on what, exactly, it was collecting, the Washington Post reports, after the Electronic Frontier Foundation petitioned to have the document released.

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Guardian hard drives destroyed to stop Snowden stories: “you’ve had your fun”

Guardian hard drives destroyed to stop Snowden stories: “you’ve had your fun”

In an effort to end reporting on the NSA through documents delivered to the Guardian newspaper earlier this year, government officials have (according to the Guardian) destroyed a collection of hard drives in the publications London basement. This event was the apex of a series of meetings that'd taken place between Alan Rusbriger (of the Guardian) and government officials "claiming to represent the views of the prime minister." It was that first phone call that this representative suggested (about NSA and PRISM stories via Edward Snowden) that "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."

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