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Jun 19, 2015

Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

In its annual report on terrorism, the department also charts an unprecedented flow of foreign fighters to Syria, often lured by Islamic State’s use of social media and drawn from diverse social backgrounds.

Jun 12, 2015

Documents show bitter CIA dispute over pre-9/11 performance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top CIA officials fought bitterly in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over whether U.S. intelligence agencies could have done more to stop the deadliest terrorist strikes in American history, documents released on Friday show.

The once-secret documents include a more complete version of a 2005 report by the spy agency’s inspector general, which found that the CIA did not have a comprehensive strategy or marshal adequate resources to combat al Qaeda before hijacked planes hit New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11.

Jun 3, 2015

Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records.

Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill ends a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their content.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. Congress reverses post-Sept. 11 surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed
legislation reforming a government surveillance program that
swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records, sending the
bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into
law.

Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill would end a system exposed by
former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The
spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking
for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their
content.

Jun 2, 2015

Bill to limit domestic spy programs passes U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill reforming a government domestic spying program that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records, sending the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Reversing U.S. security policy that had been in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the bill would end a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. The eavesdropping agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but it was not allowed to listen to the content of calls.

Jun 2, 2015

Bill to curtail U.S. domestic spying advances but political fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end the ability of spy agencies to collect Americans’ telephone records in bulk and install a more targeted system, but a political fight loomed over potential changes to the bill.

The procedural vote of 83-14 limited debate on legislation known as the USA Freedom Act but arguments over how to balance Americans’ concerns about privacy and fears of terrorism, which had already held up the bill, could stall it further.

Jun 1, 2015

U.S. Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The legal authority for U.S. spy agencies’ collection of Americans’ phone records and other data was set to expire at midnight on Sunday after the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation extending the controversial powers.

After debate pitting Americans’ distrust of intrusive government against fears of terrorist attacks, the Senate voted to move ahead with reform legislation that would replace the bulk phone records program revealed two years ago by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Jun 1, 2015

U.S. Senate to let NSA spy programme lapse, at least temporarily

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Sunday reforming a controversial programme that collects Americans’ telephone call records, but final passage appeared doubtful before the surveillance system expires at midnight.

A bill that would end U.S. spy agencies’ bulk collection of the telephone data and replace it with a more targeted system cleared a crucial procedural hurdle, ending an impasse over whether to move ahead with the legislation.

May 31, 2015

Senate meets to debate future of U.S. telephone spying powers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate convened a rare Sunday session in a last-ditch attempt to pass legislation to allow U.S. spy agencies to continue to sweep up information on Americans’ telephone calls and other business records.

Failure to pass such legislation would mean that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act would expire and, facing a midnight (0400 GMT Monday) deadline, the National Security Agency would have to shut off a vast surveillance system.

May 30, 2015

Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday,
the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies
will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected
Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and
sealing off warehouses of digital data.

If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA
Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept.
11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded
in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist
attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and
critics of the surveillance say.