A California state senator, the third to face charges this year, was accused with 25 other people in a conspiracy that federal prosecutors said included firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire and drug distribution.
The U.S. National Security Agency can keep the bulk phone records it collects for longer than the five-year maximum set by a federal judge last week, according to a court order granting temporary relief from that ruling.
The U.S. National Security Agency was barred by a federal judge from indefinitely keeping the bulk phone records it collects that might be demanded in lawsuits challenging a secret surveillance program.
The National Security Agency was blocked by a judge from carrying out plans tomorrow to begin destroying phone records collected for surveillance after a privacy group argued they are relevant to lawsuits claiming the practice is unconstitutional.
President Barack Obama will put off decisions on the most controversial aspects of the U.S. government’s data-collection programs, including those faulted by phone and Internet companies that say customers are losing faith that their privacy is protected.
President Barack Obama tomorrow will create a panel to examine how data-collection efforts like the National Security Agency’s spy programs affect Internet companies and privacy rights, said two people familiar with White House deliberations.