Articles by Pema Levy
- Here Is The Most Substantive Proposal From Obama’s NSA News Conference
August 12 2013 12:12 PM
The idea of creating a special advocate to defend civil liberties before the secret court that oversees the NSA is gaining steam.
- The City That Ate Georgia Is Feeling Thirsty Now
August 09 2013 8:57 PM
Inside Georgia, one group is fighting to keep one river from going dry.
- Did Obama’s White Paper Tell Us Anything About NSA Program?
August 09 2013 8:16 PM
Privacy advocates are disappointed the administration’s explanation of its controversial data-collection program mainly rehashed old arguments.
- Obama Administration To Release Secret Court Opinion After Yearlong Battle
August 09 2013 4:40 PM
In 2011, the secret FISA court found some of the government's spying activities unconstitutional. Now, the government will release a version.
- Obama's Four Proposals To Reform The Surveillance State
August 09 2013 3:44 PM
Reforming the Patriot Act and the secret FISA court and increasing transparency are among the promises the president made, thanks to Edward Snowden's leaks.
- NSA Controversy Shifts To Email Surveillance
August 09 2013 2:59 PM
Despite assurances from intel officials, the NSA is using its foreign spying authorities to sift through Americans' communications.
- Apple, Google Execs Discuss NSA With Obama
August 09 2013 10:38 AM
The White House is reaching out to tech and privacy groups over the NSA's secret programs. But the meetings are off the record.
- Why Obama Won’t Get Edward Snowden Back Anytime Soon
August 08 2013 12:29 PM
Bringing the NSA leaker back to the U.S. depends on relations with Russia. And those relations are getting worse.
- Did Snowden Actually Harm US National Security?
August 07 2013 3:41 PM
Edward Snowden's leaks aren't necessarily harmful to U.S. national security. They might even turn out to be a plus.
- The NSA Loophole That Gives It Free Rein Over Phone Records
August 05 2013 1:10 PM
Despite strict rules governing the phone metadata program, the NSA is able to analyze huge quantities of phone records whenever it wants.
- Is The Government Using Cell Phones To Gather Location Data?
August 02 2013 12:47 PM
Sen. Ron Wyden, who warned the public about the NSA’s sweeping surveillance operations, is talking a lot about cell phone location data.
- Secret Court Reform May Have A Big Backer: Obama
August 01 2013 4:23 PM
If Congress passes legislation to reform the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, President Obama will probably sign it into law.
- A Staunch US Senate Supporter Of NSA Spying Proposes Reforms
July 31 2013 2:25 PM
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein proposes more transparency & oversight as momentum gains for NSA reform.
- Obama Administration Open To Reforming NSA's Secret Court
July 31 2013 11:26 AM
The idea for a special advocate at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is gaining steam.
- The Message War Over The NSA Metadata Program
July 30 2013 4:03 PM
The US Gov. says the metadata program may stop the next 9/11; critics say it is not valuable enough to justify the privacy intrusion.
- A Timeline Of Bradley Manning’s Whistle-blowing And Trial
July 30 2013 11:28 AM
More than three years after his arrest, the verdict in the court-martial of Bradley Manning is expected at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday.
- Manning Vs. Snowden: Both Charged Under Espionage Act
July 30 2013 10:29 AM
The Obama administration is going after whistle-blowers hard. But there are key differences between the two most famous ones.
- The Legal Theory Congress And The Intelligence Community Are Fighting Over
July 30 2013 5:45 AM
To justify the metadata program, government officials claim that all personal records are "relevant" to a national security investigation.
- New Momentum For NSA Reform After Amash Amendment, Senators Say
July 29 2013 12:04 PM
The House failed to adopt a measure halting the NSA's bulk data collection last week. But the reform momentum is building.
- DC Opposition To NSA Snooping Not Nonpartisan But Bipartisan
July 26 2013 2:40 PM
Members of both parties have united over the NSA's sweeping data program -- but, for some, opposition actually centers on President Barack Obama.