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  • Aug 28, 2014
  • Updated: 4:37pm


NSA chief defends agency amid US spy rift with Europe

The head of the National Security Agency defended his beleaguered organisation on Tuesday, saying it acts within the law to stop militant attacks and calling reports that the NSA collected data on millions of phone calls in Europe false.

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 8:00pm

Prize for cosy ties goes to US tech giants

In October, a US House of Representatives' committee in charge of intelligence issued a scathing report that warned American companies and government departments against doing business with China's two leading telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, because of their alleged close ties to the central government and the military.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

The US security state laid bare

Sales of George Orwell's works are said to be enjoying a small boom ever since the National Security Agency spy story broke, suggesting that, in confusing times, people still find solace in aphorisms and essays, fiction and fantasy, seeking to get a better grip on the uncharted and unclear dangers of the present.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

Spy programmes no secret to Taliban

Like the rest of the world, Taliban officials learned last week of the US government's large-scale surveillance of citizens and foreigners, including access to a massive amount of information gathered from online communications.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

Marchers turn out to support Edward Snowden

Hundreds of protesters marched to the US consulate and the Hong Kong government headquarters in support of Edward Snowden yesterday, saying the American National Security Agency whistle-blower had done the right thing and should be protected.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 3 comments

NSA's information behemoth to swallow a library a minute

Deep in Mormon country, thousands of labourers have worked for two years to build a US$1.7 billion facility that will provide a new home for the NSA's exponentially expanding information store. Sited on an unused swath of a National Guard base, by September it will employ about 200 technicians, span 93,000 square metres and use 65 megawatts of power.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

US cannot hide behind excuses

When a burglary is reported, the immediate action to take is to assess the loss and damage and alert the police to investigate. With any luck, justice will then be served. So after American surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that Hong Kong computers had been hacked for years, the public rightly expects the government to take it up with the US.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 5 comments

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Armoured cars and drones on offer at Beijing anti-terrorism technology trade fair

Mannequins in riot gear, armoured cars and drones line a police equipment and “anti-terrorism technology” trade fair in Beijing as vendors seek to profit from the nation’s huge internal security budget.

There are estimated to be more than 180,000 protests each year and authorities spend vast sums on ensuring order, more even than on its military, which is the largest in the world.

20 May 2013 - 8:45am 3 comments

Invention prevents ships from colliding with nearby bridges

Surveillance equipment to actively monitor ships and warn them of hazards could soon be fitted to bridges as part of a system developed by a local researcher to prevent vessels from colliding with the structures.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am