February 13, 2008
Legislation approved yesterday by the Senate would expand government powers to eavesdrop on terrorism and intelligence suspects. • Key provision : Expands government's authority to intercept -- without a court order -- the phone calls and e-mails of people in the United States communicating with others overseas. U.S. intelligence agencies previously needed warrants to monitor calls intercepted in the United States, regardless of whether the calls began or ended overseas.
July 25, 2008
I thank The Post for the July 24 letter from Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, about Maryland State Police surveillance of antiwar protesters and opponents of the death penalty at public meetings some years ago. Mr. Cox found the police activity "shocking" and "outrageous. " And he said it was "mind-boggling" that "organizing and expressing dissent" were "treated as criminal. " But was dissent treated as a criminal activity? Can Mr. Cox identify a single dissenter who was arrested, an organizer who was indicted, a...
July 24, 2008
It is shocking that undercover Maryland State Police officers conducted surveillance on antiwar protesters and death penalty opponents for more than a year ["Police Spied on Activists in Md.," front page, July 18]. Among the targets of this surveillance were Amnesty International meetings, events and activists. Peacefully organizing and expressing dissent is a fundamental right. It is outrageous that such activity has been treated as criminal; the longevity of the program reveals a mind-boggling disregard for the rights of American citizens.
March 16, 2008
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would re-authorize U.S. government antiterrorist surveillance programs but would not grant immunity from lawsuits to telecom providers that have participated with surveillance programs in the past. An amended version of the House bill, called theRestore Act, would require prior court approval of surveillance of U.S. residents talking to overseas suspects. The House passed the bill by a margin of less than 20 votes on Friday.
December 7, 2011
The Dec. 1 front-page article " High-tech help for repressive regimes? " shined a spotlight on repressive countries' use of intercept and surveillance technology. This technology is frequently used by repressive regimes to spy on dissidents and commit other human rights violations. All businesses, including technology companies, have a responsibility to identify and prevent or mitigate potential human rights abuses involving their products. The U.N. Guiding Principles and other international guidelines make that clear.
June 13, 2012
Surveillance targets U.S. officials have said that al-Qaeda affiliates and other militant organizations are expanding their presence in Africa. Some of the key groups: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Originally based in Algeria, the group has shifted south and found a home in northern Mali. Kidnaps Westerners for ransom. Boko Haram Nigerian insurgents seeking to impose Islamic law are forging links with other al-Qaeda groups, U.S. officials say. Lord's Resistance Army Ugandan guerrillas have destabilized...