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Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

In this photo released by The Boston Globe, editor Brian McGrory hugs Metro Editor Jennifer Peter in the newsroom after The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston. Monday's announcement came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing. AP

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate

The Royal Australian Air Force roulettes acrobatic team perform an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 17, 2012.  Some 900 exhibiting companies from over 50 countries including 60 pf top 100 global aerospace companies participate in the event.   AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Snowden could use a trial to showcase spy claims

Edward Snowden. AP FILE PHOTO

Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agency surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that the operations he exposed were illegal.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN votes to protect privacy in digital age

This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The case of a Baltimore purse-snatcher who got nabbed after crank-calling his victim in 1976 laid the legal groundwork for today's worldwide government surveillance of telephone records in the name of protecting the U.S. from terrorists. The NSA has argued that people forfeit privacy rights when they voluntarily give their phone numbers and Internet IDs to businesses. AP

The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Lawmaker eyes bill regulating drones in PH

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Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan  PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said it might be high time to pass a bill monitoring and regulating the use of drones in the country because of the number of accidents involving these hi-tech devices.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US spied on Brazil, Mexico presidents – report

Brazil's Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, left, speaks to the Congressional Commission of Foreign Relations in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. De Aguiar Patriota said U.S. surveillance programs violate the sovereignty of countries whose emails and telephone calls have been targeted by the National Security Agency. AP Photo

The US National Security Agency spied on the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, accessing the Mexico leader’s emails before he was elected, Brazil’s Globo television reported.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US admits electronic spying on Americans was illegal

This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the US National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. AP

The US government spied on electronic communications between Americans with no links to terror suspects until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, officials acknowledged Wednesday.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US police recording license plates by millions

Officer Dennis Vafier, of the Alexandria Police Department, uses a laptop in his squad car to scan vehicle license plates during his patrols, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Alexandria, Va. Local police departments across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movements of vehicles with a license plate using automated scanners. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, dumping that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or even years. AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study by a prominent civil rights organization.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US surveillance is ‘off the tracks’–lawmakers

Snowden. AP FILE PHOTO

Lawmakers on Wednesday blasted US intelligence agencies for trampling on privacy rights and vowed to impose limits on the government’s authority to scoop up Americans’ phone records.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Britain says NSA leaker Snowden not welcome in UK

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2013. The man who told the world about the U.S. government’s gigantic data grab also talked a lot about himself. Mostly through his own words, a picture of Edward Snowden is emerging: fresh-faced computer whiz, high school and Army dropout, independent thinker, trustee of official secrets. And leaker on the lam. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

The British government has issued an alert to airlines around the world, urging them not to allow former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to board flights to the United Kingdom.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Lacson surprised by names in ‘Order of Battle’ now banned by new law

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Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Not just the usual suspects. Sometimes an “order of battle” would include the name of a government official that intelligence reports would link to crimes like drugs and kidnapping.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

AFP building ‘modest deterrent capability’ in West Philippine Sea

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AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa INQUIRER PHOTO

The Armed Forces ofthe Philippines is speeding up the deployment of surveillanceequipment which it hopes would, in tandem with newly acquired ships and helicopters, help it build a “modest deterrent capability” in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), parts of which are claimed by China and other countries.

Posted: May 17th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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