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Privacy Board Finds NSA Phone Data Surveillance System Illegal ... and a Dud

A five-member board tasked with evaluating the National Security Agency’s telephone data surveillance program has come away with a distinctly different take on the matter from that of the president.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Loophole Permits Warrantless Invasion of Americans’ Privacy

Top secret documents passed to The Guardian by Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency has a “secret backdoor” into its databases that allows its agents to search U.S. citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant or other oversight.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Justice Dept. Hangs Up on AT&T Deal for T-Mobile

The U.S. Justice Department sued Wednesday to prevent AT&T’s hoped-for merger with T-Mobile, a $39 billion deal that would create the largest telephone carrier in the country with almost 130 million subscribers. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE


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McCain Acceptance Speech Interrupted, Made Hilarious

There are three great moments in this short video of McCain’s acceptance speech. First, a Code Pink demonstrator interrupts McCain’s speech and gets dragged out to chants of “U.S.A.!” Then, McCain fumbles and makes an antiquated tech-related joke about static. Finally, McCain delivers his speech in front of a blue screen. Stephen Colbert, eat your heart out.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


FCC Rules in Favor of Telephone Companies

The Federal Communications Commission ruled along party lines on Wednesday to severely limit local governments’ ability to regulate their cable markets. The decision will allow telephone companies greater freedom to compete with cable by offering television services, but Democrats on the panel cautioned that the FCC had overstepped its mandate.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Bush NSA Program
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Bush Claims NSA Program Targets Only Al Qaeda

The president claims that the program activities “strictly target Al Qaeda and their known affiliates,” despite USA Today’s claim that the NSA has pored over the records of tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Blair May Tap MP Phones

The British prime minister is planning on scrapping a 40-year ban on tapping MPs’ telephones. The soon-to-be tapped are jolly cross. | story

Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


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