NSA

SXSW Grants Edward Snowden Immunity From Tough Questions

A softball interview did the leaker no favors

The leaker is granted immunity (from tough questions)

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It was his best speech on national security, but it will not quell the controversies.

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This piece has been updated throughout to reflect breaking news in advance of the president's 11 a.m. speech.

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David Sanger and Thom Shanker have a lengthy story in the New York Times about various National Security Agency techniques for penetrating foreign computers and networks, including a strategy for accessing seemingly air-gapped computers. Two thoughts:

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"Metadata Material Shouldn’t be Held by the Government"

Interview: A key NSA reform panelist explains their recommendations

Interview: A key member of the panel advising Obama about NSA surveillance reform says Uncle Sam needs to get out of the metadata-storage business

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This presumably was not the report Obama was imagining when created the group.

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The fatal flaw in the Obama administration's defense of metadata collection.

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The Betrayal of Angela Merkel

She loved America more than any other European leader. So why did the NSA target her?

Angela Merkel loved America from pretty much the day she was born. The NSA may have ended that.

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In our most recent print issue, New Republic science editor Judith Shulevitz writes about the range of officious and downright scary technologies available to parents who want to track their kids’ every move—online and on earth.

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