Four significant events on Wednesday have pushed the public debate about government surveillance and Internet privacy to new levels—and have led to new questions about the NSA and its spying activities.
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Formerly classified government documents on phone surveillance, released on the eve of a Senate hearing, show that Justice Department and the NSA took safeguards to protect phone and e-mail records, but there were “compliance issues” in bulk data-collection programs.
Private Bradley Manning faced 21 charges in his court-martial, but it was one specific charge – aiding the enemy—that became the focus of months of coverage by a concerned media.
A military judge will deliver the verdict in the Bradley Manning case on Tuesday afternoon, and journalists covering the story will have no shortage of self-interest in reporting the outcome.
A current legal action, based on one senator’s comments, could reveal specifics about a case where the National Security Agency may have violated the Fourth Amendment while conducting surveillance on Americans.