The National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records is illegal and should be ended, an independent federal watchdog agency concluded in a report released Thursday.
The inconsistencies of Snowden's detractors are revealed.
If he were to borrow a slogan his old rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped popularize, President Obama in his January 17 speech might have said, "It takes a village" to run a surveillance state.
Obama's speech January 17 echoed the longtime executive branch viewpoint that Americans should have no expectation of privacy in electronic transactions.
The NSA is collecting millions of text messages from innocent people and is using radio waves to control computers not connected to a network.
State lawmakers in California and Washington have proposed bills that would prohibit state agencies from cooperating with the NSA's surveillance programs.
With some 60 cities participating in federal roadside checkpoints, pushback from citizens and local police and sheriff’s departments is increasing.
Although police are taking millions from the Department of Homeland Security, there is no corresponding reduction in crime.
President Obama is "listening and discussing" with lawmakers and tech industry leaders to consider reforms to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.