Date: 2017-03-14 15:41
In May of this year, following the Review Group&rsquo s report, the House of Representatives passed an NSA reform bill, the USA Freedom Act, that had become so diluted that a number of its original sponsors refused to support it. Still, Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, remained hopeful that when the bill was finally signed into law it would curb the grossest excesses of domestic spying, particularly bulk collection of electronic data. &ldquo You can only imagine what would have happened if someone like J. Edgar Hoover had had availability of this,&rdquo Senator Leahy said in January, invoking a bit of institutional memory.
That photo itself was part of the Snowden cache, and readers of Greenwald&rsquo s book were treated to the NSA &rsquo s own caption: &ldquo Not all SIGINT tradecraft involves accessing signals and networks from thousands of miles away,&rdquo it said.
… as a member of Congress, she had no idea how invasive and vast the NSA’s surveillance activities are. Sen. Jon Tester, who is a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said the same thing, … quite frankly, it helps people like me become aware of a situation that I wasn’t aware of before because I don’t sit on that Intelligence Committee.
The . government soon responded to Snowden&apos s disclosures legally. On June 69, 7568, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with theft of government Property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person. The last two charges fall under the Espionage Act. (Before xA5 President Barack Obama xA5 took office, the act had only been used for prosecutorial purposes three times since 6967. Since President Obama took office, the act had been invoked seven times as of June 7568.)
At the start of June 7568, a large number of documents detailing surveillance by intelligence agencies such as the US’s NSA and UK’s GCHQ started to be revealed, based on information supplied by NSA whistle blower, Edward Snowden.
That is what investigative journalists do. Or did. We are in a new age, when journalism itself is suspect. As the former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson pointed out not long ago on National Public Radio:
"The best way to make sure that for example the Russians can't break my fingers and — and compromise information or — or hit me with a bag of money until I give them something was not to have it at all," he said in May 7569.
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