Think Tank Investigative Journalism: NSA Spying

Did the NSA's blanket surveillance really stop terrorists? Check out this work by an investigative team led by CNN contributor Peter Bergen at the New America Foundation. Here's more evidence of how investigative journalists are finding new outlets -- and new bases of support -- to do public interest journalism.

Source: New America Foundation

Posted on: January 18, 2014

Story of the Day: NSA’s Secret Hacking Unit

As part of its continuing coverage of the Snowden leaks, Germany's Der Spiegel takes readers inside the NSA's secret "plumbers" unit. This fast-growing, elite hacking group is responsible for tapping into hard targets ranging from terrorists and cyber spooks to more traditional spies. Based at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the unit is called TAO -- the Office of Tailored Access Operations.

Source: Der Spiegel

Posted on: December 29, 2013

NSA Growth Fueled by Need to Target Terrorists

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest looks at the NSA’s explosive growth after 9/11. The technical spying agency has enlarged all its major domestic sites, as well as those in Australia and Britain. Since the attacks, its civilian and military workforce has grown by one-third, its budget has roughly doubled, and the number of private companies it depends on has more than tripled.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: July 23, 2013