Attorney General Sessions Seeks Permanent Reauthorization of Spying Powers

The U.S. attorney general and the director of national intelligence on Monday urged Congress to permanently reauthorize Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before it expires, preserving intelligence agencies’ authority to collect information on foreigners outside the United States.

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Top Intel Committee Dem Has ‘Profound’ Concerns Over Nunes

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday he has “profound concern” about how documents showing that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally included in foreign surveillance conducted by intelligence agencies ended up in the hands of the committee’s chairman.

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Audit on NSA Vulnerabilities Should Be Public, Times Says

Spurred to action by a House intelligence report, The New York Times has sued to obtain a study on security vulnerabilities that may have allowed Edward Snowden to breach the National Security Agency’s system.

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Trump’s Torture Comments Draw Out CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou

Torture works, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, the same day press secretary Sean Spicer denied that the White House was working on a draft executive order to reinstate the CIA interrogation program. News of the remarks caught the eye of John Kiriakou, the first CIA analyst to publicly confirm that the intelligence agency used waterboarding, which he characterized as torture.

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