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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Lands Job in Russia Working for Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of America’s most wanted men is making ends meet working for a website in Russia, Reuters reports.

Edward Snowden, who is on temporary asylum after escaping arrest in the U.S. for revealing confidential documents, landing a job at a “large Russian site.”

Snowden is wanted by the U.S. for disclosing secret U.S. internet telephone surveillance programs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does not plan to turn over Snowden to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

Snowden’s asylum can be extended every year.

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Skit Pokes Fun at NSA, FBI Justification for Spying

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel featured a skit about the FBI and NSA spying on ordinary Americans to prevent them from dangers like expired milk and relatives who want to borrow money.

 

Man Files Suit to Continue Parodying DHS, NSA on Mugs, T-Shirts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man who was selling parody T-shirts, mugs and other souvenirs featuring the logos of the NSA and DHS received a cease-and-desist order claiming the seals can’t be reproduced without permission.

That was two years ago.

On Tuesday, LibertyManiacs.com owner Dan McCall filed suit against the federal agencies, saying he has a constitutional right to express his opinions about the government and should be allowed to use the logos, Arstechnica.com reports.

“The agencies’ attempts to forbid McCall from displaying and selling his merchandise are inconsistent with the First Amendment,” his attorney, Paul Alan Levy, said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale.”

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Former NSA Chief Finds Himself Spied On During a Train Ride with Reporters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former NSA chief who oversaw the controversial warrantless surveillance found out what it’s like to be spied on Thursday.

While on an Amtrack train, a passenger overheard Michael Hayden complaining about the current administration to reporters in an off-the-record conversation, USA Today reports.

The passenger also happened to be MoveOn activist Tom Matzzie, who tweeted about Hayden’s conversation. “Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’ Sounds defensive,” Matzzie (@tommatzzie) wrote initially.

Hayden is a four-star general who headed the CIA and NSA under President George W. Bush, USA Today wrote.

Former U.S. Intelligence Officials Honor NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

NSA Collecting E-Mail, IM Contacts in Worldwide Surveillance Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NSA is collecting e-mail and instant messaging contacts from people worldwide in an attempt to keep an eye on relationships that suspects have with others, the USA Today reported.

The idea is to identify any troubling relationships.

“You need the haystack to find the needle,” said Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA director, as saying in defense of the bulk collection.

Many of the email contacts are from Americans.

NSA officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Gets Visit from Father in Russia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Since Edward Snowden fled his home in Hawaii several months ago after leaking sensitive NSA information, he has lived a rather solitary life.

Now he’s getting a visit from his father, Lon Snowden, of Pennsylvania, the New York Times reports.

Lon Snowden arrived Thursday morning at Sheremetyevo Airport in Russia, where his son was granted temporary asylum.

Snowden said he didn’t expect his son to return to the U.S.

“That’s his decision you know. He’s an adult,” Snowden told reporters.

ACLU Recommends Budget Cuts Amid Imminent Government Shutdown Threats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

New FBI Director James Comey may have to make big cuts to the bureau’s budget because of a government shutdown and last year’s sequester.

The ACLU has some ideas about “programs that deserve to get the axe, because they’re ineffective, undermine innocent Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, or simply offend American values.

The recommendations are: Stop identifying neighborhoods by race in order to investigate them; quit collecting information on innocent Americans a part of “Domain Management;” end intrusive programs called “assessments” that target people or groups without any reason to believe they broke the law; do away with the new database, eGuardian, because it encourages racial discrimination; and end the collection of all U.S. telephone call data.

“Spying on innocent people rarely helps find guilty people,” the ACLU wrote. “We hope that by giving Director Comey a few ideas about FBI programs that can be cut to save expenses, he can turn his attention to other abusive FBI practices documented in the ACLU report. Ending practices that violate civil liberties won’t necessarily put the FBI’s budget back in the black, but it is still the right thing to do.”