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Basaaly Moalin, Convicted of Supporting Terrorist Organization, Challenges NSA’s Electronic Surveillance
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Elise Young

United States v. Moalin

Basaaly Moalin, a Somali immigrant who was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab, filed a motion for a new trial. Moalin based his motion upon facts that surfaced during congressional hearings held in response to Edward Snowden’s release of information about the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance programs. The government filed a response and opposition.

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Posted On Oct - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Attempts to Track Tor Users
By Travis West – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) has developed techniques to circumvent Internet anonymity offered by the Tor network. The Tor service anonymizes users’ Internet traffic by routing requests to websites through multiple servers, making it extremely difficult to track. While the NSA can track some Tor users, the agency has been unable to crack the underlying technology, relying instead on browser exploits and its direct access to the Internet backbone to intercept website requests.

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Posted On Oct - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Judge Denies Request to Delay Hearing, Challenge to Government’s Metadata Collection Presses Forward

American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

At a hearing last Thursday, Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the government ‘s request to delay a hearing date for American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.  The denial is the latest in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the Obama administration’s metadata collection practices, specifically collecting Verizon’s customer records.

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Posted On Aug - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Leaked NSA Memos Reveal More on Data Collection Procedures
By Katie Mullen – Edited by Michelle Sohn

Last weekend, the Guardian leaked two more National Security Agency (“NSA”) documents regarding the NSA’s recently uncovered surveillance program. The first document details procedures used to target “non-U.S. persons” believed to be located outside the United States. The second document describes minimization procedures the NSA uses in collecting data under Section 702 of the amended Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”), 50 U.S.C. 1881 (2012).

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Posted On Jun - 28 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Leaked Surveillance Programs Reveal Large-Scale Data Collection
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Last week, the Guardian revealed two top-secret U.S. programs—Verizon metadata collection and PRISM—that allow the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to conduct domestic surveillance on a massive and unprecedented scale. The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered Verizon to provide the NSA with “telephony metadata.” The PRISM program allows the government direct access to participating companies’ servers.

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Posted On Jun - 15 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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