As of Wednesday, July 31, 2013
NSA phone documents released
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declassifying documents about its telephone spying program to try to tamp down congressional opposition to domestic surveillance.
The documents will provide little solace, however, to Americans hoping to understand the legal analysis that underpinned the widespread surveillance. And the redacted documents show only in broad strokes how National Security Agency officials use the data.
One particular type of analysis, called “hop analysis” is hinted at but never fully discussed. That allows to the government to search the phone records of not only suspected terrorists, but everyone who called them, everyone who called those people, and others who called them, as well.
With that authority, the government can search the records of millions of people in an investigation of one person.
Al-Qaida sets sights on Gitmo
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader said in remarks posted Wednesday that a prisoners’ hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay has revealed the “odious” face of America and claims that the terror network will spare no effort to free prisoners held at the U.S. military-run detention center in Cuba.
Ayman al-Zawahri spoke in a 22-minute audio message posted on the Internet.
“The strike by our brothers in Guantanamo reveals the real odious and ugly face of America,” he said. Some of the 166 prisoners there began a hunger strike earlier this year to protest conditions and their indefinite confinement.
“We pledge God that we will spare no efforts to set them free along with all our prisoners, on top of them Omar Abdel Rahman, Aafia Siddiqui, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and every oppressed Muslim everywhere,” he said.