National Security Agency (NSA)

5:19pm

Thu September 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Is The U.S. Collecting Cellphone Location Data?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:16 am

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, in June 2013.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Is the National Security Agency collecting cellphone tracking information on millions of Americans?

After a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, we still can't be sure. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has been trying to get intelligence officials to confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of such a program.

Remember, records of where your cellphone is located give a pretty good idea of where the owners are. Wyden asked NSA Director Keith Alexander about that at Thursday's hearing, and Alexander said, no — not under "the current program."

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3:54pm

Mon September 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm

The National Security Agency says its massive new data center near Salt Lake City will enhance the agency's ability to analyze the email, text message, cellphone and landline metadata it collects.
Rick Bowmer AP

The National Security Agency won't say exactly when it will fully rev up its newest and biggest data farm in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, Utah. There will be no "grand opening" or celebratory barbecue outside the sprawling facility, which is five times the size of the Ikea down the road.

But, according to NSA spokeswoman Vanee' Vines, "We turn each machine on as it is installed, and the facility is ready for that installation to begin."

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2:34pm

Fri September 20, 2013
National Security

The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 3:24 pm

Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA's secret surveillance program have pushed the agency to expedite planned reforms ahead of schedule, according to NSA officials.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

An official assessment of the damage caused by news leaks about government surveillance programs suggests that terrorist groups are changing their communication methods in response to the disclosures, according to officials at the National Security Agency.

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1:19am

Wed September 18, 2013
National Security

Officials: Edward Snowden's Leaks Were Masked By Job Duties

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:58 am

Government officials tell NPR that Edward Snowden's job responsibilities allowed him to copy sensitive files unnoticed.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters /Landov

More than three months after Edward Snowden revealed details of NSA secret surveillance activities, intelligence officials are still assessing the fallout from the former contractor's disclosures. But they already know how the leaks happened.

"We have an extremely good idea of exactly what data he got access to and how exactly he got access to it," says the NSA's chief technology officer, Lonny Anderson.

In interviews with NPR, two government officials shared that part of the Snowden story in one of the most detailed discussions of the episode to date.

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3:03pm

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Documents: NSA Phone Records Program Violated Court Rules

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:18 pm

The Director of National Intelligence declassified some 1,800 pages of documents today, that show that a U.S. spy program that collected the phone records of Americans ran afoul privacy rules for years.

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