CIA is on the front line of the defense of this nation. As we speak, CIA officers are spread out across the globe in some very dangerous places, putting their lives on the line, tackling the threats of our times from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to narcotics trafficking and espionage and every other global challenge and threat. Their skill and ingenuity and dedication are working to keep the nation safe.
We tortured some folks.
Counterintelligence state is a state where state security service penetrates and permeates all societal institutions including the military. ... The counterintelligence state is characterized by the presence of a large, elite force acting as a watchdog of a security defined as broadly that the state must maintain an enormous vigilance and enforcement apparatus... This apparatus is not accountable to the public and enjoys immense police powers... Counterintelligence state ... has been applied by historians and political commentators to the Soviet Union, the former German Democratic Republic, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and modern Russia under Vladimir Putin...
The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.
PRISM is a clandestine surveillance program under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from at least nine major US internet companies. Since 2001 the United States government has increased its scope for such surveillance, and so this program was launched in 2007. ... The PRISM program collects stored internet communications based on demands made to internet companies such as Google Inc.
The campaigning group Privacy International, which is trying to lift the lid on the espionage establishment in the U.K. and the U.S., has filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the British government's refusal to give up documents relating to a major international spy pact.
The National Security Agency widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions...
Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work... Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people's ability to hold their government to account.
The search giant's close relationship with the National Security Agency is well-established and possibly the worst-kept secret in the intelligence community—and that was before anyone had ever heard of Edward Snowden. ... Google purchased defense contractor Boston Dynamics in what was the search giant's most visible move onto the physical battlefield. Boston Dynamics is a robotics laboratory that produces some of the most extraordinary robots in the world. ... the company has a contract with DARPA.
Under the Patriot Act, Google or others who receive a NSL must disclose the sought-after information if the authorities say the request is "relevant to an authorized investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities." ... National Security Letters are a powerful tool because they do not require court approval, and they come with a built-in gag order, preventing recipients from disclosing to anyone that they have even received an NSL. ... the lack of court oversight raises the possibility for extensive abuse.