New Light on NSA Data
Headline Roundup August 1st, 2013
The National Security Agency is operating a massive database system that allows analysts to scour individuals' emails, chats and Internet browsing histories at will, according to a new report from The Guardian based on leaked documents.
The article was quickly challenged by the NSA. In a statement forwarded to Fox News, the agency said "allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are simply not true."
The agency acknowledged the existence of the program -- called XKeyscore -- but said access is limited and suggested it...
Senators of both parties on Wednesday sharply challenged the National Security Agency’s collection of records of all domestic phone calls, even as the latest leaked N.S.A. document provided new details on the way the agency monitors Web browsing around the world.
The Obama administration declassified and released documents Wednesday that described past violations of a secret court order by National Security Agency programs set up to amass records on phone calls and Internet transactions.
The violations weren't detailed in the three documents, but raised new concerns about the sweeping surveillance operations and opened the administration to new criticism from advocates of stricter limits.
The documents also posed questions about why the NSA closed one of the programs, to collect so-called metadata on email and other Internet communications. A 2011 document called...