Hayden Defends NSA Surveillance

NSA employed new methods to defend national security
Gen. Michael Hayden / AP

Former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Hayden defended the agency’s contested surveillance programs on Thursday as vital tools for defending national security during an era of rapidly evolving global communications.

Congressman Urges SXSW to Cancel Snowden Speech

Intel Committee member says 'traitor' NSA leaker endangered American lives
Edward Snowden

A member of Congress on Thursday called on organizers of the technology conference South by Southwest (SXSW) to cancel a planned speech by National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden.

Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare

Gen. Alexander tells Senate threat of major cyber attacks is growing
Gen. Keith Alexander / AP

The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

White House Accepted Bulk of NSA Reforms

Review board member said admin agrees to ‘70 percent’ of reforms
AP

The White House is moving forward with more than two thirds of the surveillance reforms recommended by a review group formed by President Barack Obama, a member of the group said Wednesday.

U.S. Brings Fraud Charges Against Firm that Vetted Snowden

Former Booze Allen employee Edward Snowden

(Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department accused United States Investigations Services (USIS), the largest private provider of security checks for the government, of bilking millions of dollars through improper background verifications.

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison Barber

My must read of the day is “Obama to Call for Overhaul of N.S.A.’s Phone Data Collection Program,” in the New York Times.

Fmr. Intelligence, Military Officials Urge Against Implementation of NSA Reforms

Say changes will hinder intelligence operations
AP

Former high-ranking U.S. intelligence and military officials sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him not to implement proposed changes to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) contested surveillance programs that they say would hinder vital intelligence operations.