The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.
In the months since revelations about NSA surveillance began, intelligence officials and members of Congress have claimed that the agency's efforts have thwarted 54 terrorist attacks. But a review of official statements shows the NSA has been inconsistent about how many plots have actually been thwarted and what the role the spying programs played. Despite a lack of evidence, Congress and the media have rushed to repeat the most extreme version of the NSA’s claims.
The decision follows revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards.
Commentaries published on CNBC.com and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but placed on behalf of the Russian government by its PR firm, Ketchum.
The university, which works closely with the NSA, apologizes to a professor after he was asked to remove his post.
Disclosures by the spy agency about violations of privacy rules have been almost entirely redacted.
In response to a public records request, the super-snooping spy agency says it doesn’t have the technology.
In a secret effort, the National Security Agency appears to be vacuuming up large swathes of the Internet.
A Better America Now had spent money on mailers linking a congressional candidate to "left-wing extremists" and a controversy involving an endangered spider.
The early debate around a key provision wasn’t about anything like mass collection of phone records.
The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.
The evolution of the National Security Agency’s dragnet under Presidents Bush and Obama.
As Congress probes why the IRS flagged Tea Party applications, we offer some context on the rise of political social welfare nonprofits.
The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement and financial constraints.
The IRS’s Cincinnati office last year sent ProPublica the unapproved applications for several conservative groups.
Shortly after becoming chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling held a weekend fundraiser with lobbyists in Utah’s swanky Deer Valley.
As military contractors fight budget cuts, they get a friendly face on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.
Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor who oversaw a boom in the state's natural gas business, is special counsel to a Philadelphia firm deeply involved in the controversial fracking trade.
Rendell, who supported fracking when he was governor of Pennsylvania, urged Andrew Cuomo of New York to get behind the industry in a strongly worded newspaper piece. He left a few details out.