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More Than 500,000 Private Contractors Have Access To Top Secret Information

More Than 500,000 Private Contractors Have Access To Top Secret Information

How was a twenty-something employee of a federal contractor able to access the sensitive, top-secret information about the NSA’s surveillance programs? By being one of some 500,000 private contractors, and 900,000 federal employees, who have top secret security clearance according to the Washington Post: The tone of the Post article seems to point fingers at

Star NDSU Linebacker Charged With Felony Aggravated Assault UPDATE: Reportedly Beat A Man Unconscious

The hits keep coming for North Dakota State University’s championship football team. After a second national title, earned with a group of players guilty of forging tens of thousands of signatures on two initiated measure petitions (the repercussions for which North Dakota State University refuses to make public), head coach Craig Bohl and the team

NSA Whistleblower: I Could Have Read President Obama's Emails

“The most confounding thing in writing about the NSA/PRISM/Snowden clusterfark is that, if you don’t work in national security, there’s no yardstick to measure which claims are plausible and which are insane,” writes Allah. “That in itself is a brutal indictment of the surveillance state, of course: The government’s powers are so vast and so

NSA Whistleblower: We're Just Seeing The Tip Of The Ice Berg

According to the NSA whistleblower, we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to the US government spying on its own citizens. What’s more, Bush administration claims that only communications between Americans and suspected terrorists abroad were being targeted is looking to be pretty bogus: The National Security Agency’s collection of phone data from all

“Can You Trust This Administration With Your Phone Records?”

The headline is the question Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) asked on Face the Nation this morning, but I think that’s the wrong question to ask. It’s not whether or not we trust the Obama administration to monitor our phone calls and read our emails. It’s whether or not we can trust any administration, or the

Obama Calls NSA Scandal A "Modest Encroachment On Privacy"

I never thought I’d say this, but these days President Obama is sounding a lot like Dick Cheney. Because right before calling the NSA’s enormous, data-mining program a “modest encroachment” on the privacy of American citizens he basically acknowledges that Bush was right about this stuff. The President was skeptical of these sort of programs

Senator Hoeven: Holder Should Step Down, NSA Controversy Due To Government Being Too Large

“Should Attorney General Eric Holder step down?” Valley News Live’s Chris Berg asked North Dakota Senator John Hoeven last night. “I really think at this point he should,” Senator Hoeven responded. “I think there’s a real question of confidence in what he’s doing.” It’s really saying something when even a milquetoast like Senator Hoeven is

Attorney General Won't Answer Whether Or Not Congress Has Been Spied On

Attorney General Eric Holder today faced questioning from Illinois Senator Mark Kirk on whether or not the phone calls of members of Congress were included in the NSA’s seizing of millions of Verizon cell phone records. Unfortunately, Holder wasn’t prepared to answer the question, which I think we can take as a definitely maybe: “I

Republican: If You're Not Talking To Terrorists NSA Grab Of Phone Records Shouldn't Bother You

Yesterday Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasn’t so sure that bloggers have 1st amendment rights. Today he’d like you to know that the NSA grabbing Verizon phone records isn’t a big deal. After all, if you’re not talking to terrorists, what’s the big deal? Sen. Lindsey Graham said he doesn’t care about the federal government collecting

NSA Collecting Call Data From Millions Of Verizon Customers

Remember when President Obama was against this sort of thing? “This administration…puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide,” then-Senator Obama said in 2007. “I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and

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