National Security Agency
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for advocating security over privacy rights when it comes to national security.
The U.S. government needs to re-examine how far it can legally go in its search for terrorists, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said following media accounts of the Obama administration’s collection of telephone data and Internet communications.
The government’s broad programs to collect U.S. phone records and Internet traffic helped disrupt a 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subways, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
Two Western members of the Senate Intelligence Committee don’t believe that the federal government’s telephone surveillance has stopped terrorist attacks.
A top-secret arm of the controversial Stellar Wind program set up in the wake of 9/11 is allowing the National Security Agency and the FBI to tap directly into the central servers of nine major Internet companies to extract audio, video, photos, emails and documents that let analysts track an individual’s communication, CBS News has learned.