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ANGRY CONGRESS TELLS OBAMA SURVEILLANCE IS ‘OFF THE TRACKS’ – Friday July 19 2013

– Republican and Democrat members of Congress have expressed deep scepticism about the US government’s bulk collection of American’s telephone records and have threatened not to renew the authority used to sanction a program described as “off the tracks legally”. … Continue reading

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US READY TO CHARGE SNOWDEN – Sunday June 23 2013

– Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs. The United States has also asked Hong Kong to detain Mr Snowden … Continue reading

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FBI’S EYES IN THE SKY – Friday June 21 2013

– Unmanned drones are in the sky conducting surveillance on some US residents in a “very minimal way”, the head of the FBI has told Congress. Robert Mueller said his agency’s use of a small number of aerial drones was … Continue reading

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GOOGLE PUSH TO EASE SECURITY GAG – Thursday June 13 2013

– Google led a charge by internet and social media firms demanding that the Obama administration allow them to reveal details of their cooperation with government surveillance schemes – as angry members of Congress urged tighter controls on the mass … Continue reading

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LEAKER COULD HEAD TO NZ – Thursday June 13 2013

– New Zealand’s opposition parties say US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden would be welcome if he decided to seek refuge in the country. Mr Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, is thought to have gone to ground in Hong Kong … Continue reading

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BOMB SUSPECTS PLANNED NEW YORK ATTACK – Saturday April 27 2013

– The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings planned to drive to New York City after the April 15th attack and set off more explosives in Times Square, mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The FBI informed the city of … Continue reading

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FBI HUNT MOVES ON TO MOTIVES – Monday April 22 2013

– With one suspect dead and the other captured and lying grievously wounded in a hospital, the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings turned to questions about the motives, and to the significance of an overseas trip one of them … Continue reading

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TRAPPED LIKE A RAT – Monday April 22 2013

– America’s most-wanted terrorist was captured using state-of-the-art thermal imaging and the efforts of a keen-eyed and courageous resident. But serious questions have been raised about whether the FBI fully followed through on tip-offs about one of the suspected Boston … Continue reading

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US DRONE STRIKES A LAST RESORT – Saturday February 9 2013

– Barack Obama’s choice to head the CIA has defended US drone strikes against al-Qaeda militants as a last resort but acknowledged the government needed to explain  the covert raids better. John Brennan came under tough questioning at his confirmation … Continue reading

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THE US WILL WEEP, IT WILL PRAY, IT WILL GRIEVE. IT’S NOT ENOUGH – Sunday December 16 2012

– The photographs are both shocking and distressingly familiar. Distraught children, couples consoling each other, heavily armed police. They could have been taken at any of the senseless outrages that have become part of our common language, names that stand … Continue reading

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