Over the weekend, The New York Times and Washington Post reported that the NSA, on top of collecting Americans’ phone records, has been collecting other information that could detail social connections, travel companions, and locations at certain points of time. It appears that the NSA collected this information through credit agencies, social media, passenger manifests from airlines, insurance agencies, and other public and private sources. The program seems to be either closely linked or a part of the PRISM program leaked by Edward Snowden a few months ago. Continue reading
Earlier this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced plans to make changes to PRISM, the NSA surveillance program outed by Edward Snowden a few months back. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) are reportedly drafting the bill to present to Congress as early as next week. Senator Feinstein did make it clear that they expected a fair amount of amendments to be proposed once it is presented. Senator Feinstein also stated that the bill’s aim is to increase public confidence in the NSA program that she already believes to be lawful.
In August of 2013 I had the opportunity to travel to Guantanamo Bay to represent Seton Hall Law’s Center for Policy and Research as an NGO observer at the 9/11 trials. In particular, I was able to watch one of many pretrial hearings in the case of the United States v. Mohammed, in which Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (AKA al-Baluchi), and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi are named as defendants. The five detainees are accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks that lead to the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.