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How A Look At Your Gmail Reveals The Power Of Metadata

The NSA says it's only examining traffic information, not the content of Americans' phone calls. How much can that information tell you? Quite a lot, and in some ways it's more useful than actual content. NPR's Larry Abramson learns what analysts can discover about his life and contacts just by looking at his Gmail account.
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Secret Ruling Found NSA's Surveillance Violated Constitution

The U.S. intelligence community is releasing a secret court opinion concerning an National Security Agency surveillance program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court opinion is known to have found the NSA program unlawful. But civil liberties advocates have called for it to be made public.
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Secret Court: NSA Surveillance Program Was Unconstitutional

The government culled thousands of emails between Americans and misrepresented its surveillance efforts at least three times in three years, a 2011 FISA court opinion says.
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35-Year Sentence For Bradley Manning

The 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. In 2010, he gave WikiLeaks more than 700,000 documents. A judge handed down his sentence Wednesday. The maximum punishment possible was 90 years in prison.
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Britain Tried To Stop NSA Material From Being Published

Britain's The Guardian was one of the newspapers that first published classified material from the NSA leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. The controversy over the leaks took a new turn when the partner of the reporter who helped break the story was detained at London's Heathrow Airport.
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NSA Phone Records Revive Debate Over Supreme Court Case

The government says phone and email traffic is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, and does not require a court warrant to search. The logic is based on a 1978 case that has been hauled out regularly to justify acquisition of third-party information. But does that logic apply to bulk collection of the sort that's at the heart of the debate over NSA surveillance?
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Patriot Act Architect Criticizes NSA's Data Collection

Audie Cornish talks with Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Rep. Sensenbrenner, a key architect of the 2001 Patriot Act, has recently criticized the National Security Agency's data collecting practices following this summer's leaks regarding the scope of the agency's programs.
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CIA's Acknowledgment Of Iran Coup Role Is Latest Revelation

The agency acknowledged this week that it played a role in Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh's ouster in 1953. The CIA also acknowledged the existence of Area 51 and spying on Noam Chomsky.
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Convertino's Phone Phreaking Leads To Cyber Weapons Career

Mike Convertino built a career making cyber weapons for the Air Force. While he can't talk about a lot that he did, there are some clues. He was decorated in Bosnia in the mid 1990s, around the same time the U.S. deployed its first lethal drone in combat. After Sept. 11, he helped craft standards for the rapid sharing of intelligence.
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The U.S. Defense Contractors That Benefit From Aid To Egypt

The U.S. provides around $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military. A good deal of that money actually goes to U.S. defense contractors that provide hardware and services for Egypt's army. Here's a list of the companies receiving the biggest contracts.

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