One question many had been asking since Edward Snowden came forward as the source of recently leaked National Security Agency documents was just how someone in Snowden's position got access to an order issued by the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Last week, we learned who Edward Snowden was. This week, we live-chatted with him.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
The recent disclosure of top secret National Security Agency documents has sparked a debate over the trade offs involving secrecy and security when it comes to national security and intelligence. Part of the debate has to do with the oversight process -- the structures built in to the system to regulate the government's national security actions and capabilities.
Now, in turn, part of what makes the oversight process so hard to talk about is the fact that much of the process, too, is done in secret. Take, for example, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the court the government has to get through to get warrants in national security investigations.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
The last time the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the power of the National Security Agency in court, the Supreme Court wound up dismissing the case, holding that the groups represented by the ACLU did not have "standing" to challenge the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program, because they could not prove their communications were monitored.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
At the start of the video that served as his coming out to the world, the man behind the recent National Security Agency leaks looked, for a moment, directly into the camera.
"My name is Ed Snowden, I'm 29 years old, I work for Booz Allen Hamilton as an infrastructure analyst for [the] NSA, in Hawaii," Snowden told The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, in an on-camera interview the newspaper put online on Sunday. "I have been a systems engineer, a systems administrator, [a] senior advisor for the Central Intelligence Agency's solutions consultant, and a telecommunications information systems officer."PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)