In a fiercely worded opinion, a federal judge said NSA phone surveillance is an "indiscriminate and arbitrary" invasion of privacy that may violate the Fourth Amendment. Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal says the opinion opens the way for Edward Snowden's to ultimately be vindicated.
Yesterday, U.S. officials released new documents showing that the NSA may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails from Americans between 2008 and 2011, and private telecommunications providers like AT&T were involved in the data gathering. Siobhan Gorman, the intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, explains.
In Anonymous's move away from denial of service attacks and toward real-world interactions — such as recent threats against the Los Zetas Cartel — the hacktivists have attracted the attention of the National Security Agency. In private meetings at the White House, NSA director General Keith Alexander warned that in a year or two the group could attack the energy grid and shut off power for millions.
After numerous complaints from military and State Department officials, the Central Intelligence Agency has agreed to concessions in the way it runs its covert drones program. Military and diplomatic officials complained large drone strikes were undermining the already fraught relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. A White House review came out in favor of the drones program, but found that the CIA must coordinate its attacks with the State Department. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, reported on the story in today's paper.
According to data seized by Navy SEALs during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in early May, the Al Qaida leader was in the initial phase of planning a terror attack on the U.S. to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Bin Laden and his operations chief, Attiyah Abd al-Rahman, exchanged documents on flashdrives discussing recruits for an attack team. It is unclear what targets Bin Laden was aiming to attack.
Yemen's President Ali Saleh is out of the country, but unrest continues in Yemen. As the country continues to experience a leadership vacuum and violent unrest, the United States will launch covert drone strikes in the country to target al-Qaida militants. Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent reports that the Yemen program is modeled after the CIA's covert program in Pakistan, which was secretly approved by President Obama last year.
The Pentagon has said a cyber attack coming from another country can be interpreted as an act of war and that the U.S. might respond with military action, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Unclassified portions of the new strategy are expected to be published next month. Siobhan Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent at the Wall Street Journal reported the story. She explains the challenges in this new policy and how you apply a policy of deterrence in cyber space.
The CIA's station chief in Afghanistan has become a crucial part of the relationship between Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration. His code name is "Spider" and he has known Karzai for more than a decade, according to intelligence correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Gorman. Karzai and Spider met prior to 9/11 when CIA was in the region trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden.
Five young men from Northern Virginia were arrested in Pakistan on Thursday for alleged ties to Muslim militant groups there, and will likely be deported. Just weeks after the Fort Hood shooting, we take a look at these young American Muslims. We're joined by Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Siobhan Gorman, intelligence reporter at the Wall Street Journal, who break down what we know about these five men and report reactions from the Muslim community in Virginia.
This case and possibly others raise enough concerns that it's something the Muslim community wants to deal with. That's why we're planning an outreach campaign to Muslim youth, offering a mainstream perspective on a variety of issues, so that when they go on the Internet and have access to these kinds of extremist viewpoints from overseas, that they have a balancing perspective. I don't think we're seeing this kind of thing develop from something that's said in a mosque in America -- you're seeing it develop from people accessing extremist websites or extremist viewpoints in the international arena.
--Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations
A congressional advisory panel has found that the Chinese government is ratcheting up its cyberspying operations against the United States. The report, due out today, documents specific examples of carefully orchestrated campaigns against corporate targets in the United States. Siobhan Gorman, the Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent, joins us with a look at a growing war in cyberspace between the U.S. and China.
In 2004, CIA Inspector General John Helgerson completed a report looking at abuses inside CIA prisons. The report has been kept a secret until today, when portions of the report are expected to be made public.
For more on the details of that report, we speak to Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Art Keller, a former CIA case officer who served in Pakistan in 2006.
You can read Siobhan's article, "CIA Faulted for Conduct at Prisons," at the Wall Street Journal, and Art Keller's blog post on secrecy and political accountability around Washington and the CIA, "The Buck Stops Where?"
Over the holiday weekend, a concerted cyber attack disrupted computers at several U.S. government agencies, including the websites of the Treasury, the Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Transportation. Officials say it was a sophisticated hack that required more expertise than your average cyber assailant. Meanwhile, South Korea's computers were also hacked with a "denial of service" virus. The crimes were remarkably similar, raising speculation about the source of the crime. For more of the story, The Takeaway talks to Siobhan Gorman, the Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent