Gen. Michael ‘No Probable Cause’ Hayden | ConsortiumNews
Barring a last-minute frantic call from the White House, CBS’s “Face the Nation” will interview whistleblowers Thomas Drake (ex-senior executive at the National Security Agency) and Jesselyn Radack (ex-ethics adviser at the Justice Department). Michael Hayden, who headed the NSA and CIA and now is a chief NSA defender on CNN and Fox News, will also be interviewed this Sunday.
It was a high privilege for me to join Drake, Radack and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley on a visit to Edward Snowden in Russia on Oct. 9. Never have I been in the company of persons who are such incorruptible straight-arrow patriots. Not so, sadly, Michael Hayden. [Read the full article]
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished | Washington Post
The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.
“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.
He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
“I’ll see you there,” he said. [Read the full article]
Is the NSA’s Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask | The Atlantic
This is why we have a justice system in which lower-court conflicts rise up for resolution by a single, supreme court. This is why the law can seem, at times, to be a “same planet, different world” proposition to those who don’t follow it closely (and even to those of us who do).
We have, in the span of just 10 days, seen two diametrically opposed judicial rulings about the legitimacy of the government’s controversial bulk metadata collection program, the existence of which we learned about just this past year thanks to Edward Snowden. Although the two opinions apply the same law and essentially the same facts, they are so contradictory they cannot be reconciled. One judge will be proven right and the other proven wrong, although I suspect it may be 2015 before the final tally is recorded. [Read the full article]
Greenwald: US, British media are servants of security apparatus | RT
Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe.
Thousands of attendees at the thirtieth annual Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg packed into a room to watch the 46-year-old lawyer-turned-columnist present a keynote address delivered less than seven months after he started working with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. [Read the full article]
Judge Says the NSA Can Look at Your Phone Records Because They’re Not Yours | Reason
Today a federal judge in New York rejected the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s routine collection of information about every telephone call placed in the United States. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley conceded that “such a program, if unchecked, imperils the civil liberties of every citizen,” since “such data can reveal a rich profile of every individual as well as a comprehensive record of people’s associations with one another.” But he said he was bound by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1979 case Smith v. Maryland, which held that the Fourth Amendment does not apply to telephone metadata indicating who calls whom, when, and for how long. “This Court consistently has held,” the justices said in Smith, “that a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.” Under this precedent, Pauley said, no one has a Fourth Amendment right to stop the government from examining his telephone records, which are not really even his: [Read the full article]
How Worried Should We Be About the Alleged RSA-NSA Scheming? | Wired
A Reuters news story published a week ago raised disturbing questions about the relationship between the NSA and RSA Security (now a division of EMC), a prominent vendor of cryptographic technologies. The article claims that RSA entered into a $10 million contract that required, among other things, that RSA make the (not yet standardized) DUAL_EC_DRBG random number generator the default in its widely used BSAFE cryptographic library. BSAFE is used internally for RSA’s products as well as by other vendors, who license it from RSA to develop their own products around it. A couple days later, RSA issued a response, in which it denies that it deliberately weakened its products, but is silent about most of the claims in the Reuters piece. [Read the full article]
For surveillance program, a lifeline — and limbo | Politico
The NSA’s bulk telephone data collection program got a lifeline from a federal judge Friday — but its future remains in political and legal jeopardy.
Judge William Pauley III’s Friday decision to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union request for an injunction against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper buttresses the government’s contention that sweeping up data associated with nearly every call to, from, and within the United States is legal under Section 215 of the post-Sept. 11 PATRIOT Act. [Read the full article]