May 2nd, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Morgan Spurlock: "Cyber-spying paranoia is justified"

Every day millions of people log onto their computers and expose themselves to cyber spies. But there are some things you can do to avoid it though.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, "Inside Man" Morgan Spurlock shows us how to avoid the traps.

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Filed under: NSA • Tech
February 27th, 2014
08:58 PM ET

Russia military moving closer to Ukraine border: "This is not a win-win for Vladimir Putin," Hayden says

Vladamir Putin is beating the war drum.

Less than a week after the Olympic games, the Russian president is mobilizing his forces and preparing to crack down on the former Soviet State of Ukraine.

Russian fighter jets were dispatched to patrol the country's borders Thursday, and nearly 150,000 troops have been mobilized into military exercises near the region.

Russian troop movements near Ukraine raise concerns, U.S. official says

Russia says it will respect the "territorial integrity of Ukraine," but there is no question the show of force is a clear message to the U.S. it has no intention of letting Ukraine go.

CNN's Erin Burnett asked former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden what this means to the U.S. and Russia.

Russian president Vladimir Putin "is going to play hard ball over a long period of time because a Ukraine outside of his orbit and firmly in the western camp is probably unacceptable to him," Hayden said.

Filed under: International • National Security • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
February 12th, 2014
01:46 PM ET

Rand Paul: Stop the NSA while we still can

Editor's note: Rand Paul is a Republican senator representing Kentucky. Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks. Ken Cuccinelli is former attorney general of Virginia and a former Republican candidate for governor. Paul will be on Erin Burnett Out Front Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET .

(CNN) - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

This is the beginning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and defines one of the most important rights we have against a potentially tyrannical government.

Throughout history, governments have used the confiscation of private property, as well as bullying and surveillance techniques, to keep populations under control and maintain a continuous threat against those who would dare criticize them.

The explicit enshrinement of the right to be left alone is one of the crucial features that has defined America as such a unique and moral nation.

In recent years, however, this right, like so many others, has come under attack by the overzealous powers that be in Washington, eager to sacrifice liberty in the name of security, and using fear as a weapon to make us forget the importance of being free.

In 2013, the revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing the metadata from the phone calls and e-mails of millions of American citizens - without any suspicion of criminal activity - served as a striking wake-up call for the country.


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Filed under: News • NSA • Opinion • Politics
January 23rd, 2014
09:01 PM ET

Privacy Review Board: NSA phone records program illegal

An independent oversight board tasked with reviewing the National Security Agency's surveillance program has concluded the bulk collections of data is illegal and should end.

Privacy Board: NSA telephone records program illegal

Moreover, the board says, the NSA's bulk phone data collection program has been largely useless in thwarting terrorism.

"We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation," the board wrote in the report released Thursday.

The board said it had identified only one instance in which the program helped authorities identify a terrorist in the last seven years. But the board said law enforcement would have found the suspect anyway, even without the NSA program.

The board doesn't have any legal teeth, so its recommendations won't change government practices the way a court ruling might.

OutFront: Joining me now, Jesselyn Radack is a Legal Adviser to former NSA Contractor Edward Snowden; and Jeffrey Toobin is CNN's Senior Legal Analyst.

Filed under: News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
January 3rd, 2014
07:23 PM ET

Obama administration appeals ruling on NSA spy program

The Justice Department filed an appeal Thursday to keep the National Security Agency's controversial spy program up and running, after a federal judge called its constitutionality into question.

Top-secret court renews NSA snooping at critical point

The surveillance program, which collects daily phone records from millions of Americans was renewed today through March.

But the legality of the program will be debated for quite some time and could ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

OutFront: CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Filed under: Justice • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
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