An internal audit of the U.S. Postal Service found that it approved nearly 50,000 requests from law enforcement to monitor personal mail. Gwen Ifill sits down with Ron Nixon of The New York Times, who has been investigating this story for more than a year. Continue reading
Law enforcement agencies tracked the mail of tens of thousands of Americans in 2013 with the United States Postal Service’s approval. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Yahoo’s free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
The government called for the huge fine in 2008 if Yahoo didn’t go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. At stake, according to the government, was the nation’s security. Continue reading
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there. Continue reading
NSA leaker Edward Snowden discloses in an extensive profile in Wired magazine that the U.S. government ran a top secret cyber-war program, which he claims could accidentally start a war. Gwen Ifill gets an update on Snowden and his latest revelations from the man who interviewed him, James Bamford of Wired. Continue reading
Interest in the character and legacy of President Richard Nixon has endured 40 years since his resignation. Judy Woodruff joins Beverly Gage of Yale University, Timothy Naftali of New York University, Patrick Buchanan, author of “The Greatest Comeback” and Luke Nichter, author of “The Nixon Tapes,” to discuss Nixon’s many facets and how his presidency changed American government. Continue reading
In “The Burglary,” author Betty Medsger tells the story of a group of burglars in 1971 who stole files from a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania — a theft that provided evidence of wide scale surveillance of U.S. citizens. Medsger sat down with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about the unlikely group and the consequences of their plot. Continue reading
The Central Intelligence Agency made its debut on Twitter today.
Although the @CIA handle was created Feb. 24, the intelligence agency waited until today to tweet for the first time. Already the handle has garnered more than 110,000 followers as the tweet goes viral. Continue reading
Five Chinese military officials were indicted by the U.S. for stealing trade secrets by hacking six American firms in the nuclear, metals and solar products industries. Gwen Ifill talks to Laura Galante of FireEye and former State Department official Susan Shirk and the unprecedented charges and the Obama administration offense against Chinese cyber attacks. Continue reading
National Security Agency surveillance is undermining U.S. technology sales, claims the CEO of networking giant Cisco.
John Chambers, in a letter dated May 15, wrote to President Barack Obama that the United States benefited economically because of the confidence of the “open, global Internet” and that said confidence was diminished due to allegations that “governments exploit rather than report security vulnerabilities.” If the allegations were true, he writes, it would impact global sales of all U.S. networking technology. Continue reading