FISC and DoJ lift some of the gag order on providers

“IC On The Record” Tumblr blog, or “I Con The Record”, depending on how you want to read it, posted this fine example of bureaucrateese: As indicated in the Justice Department’s filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the administration is acting to allow more detailed disclosures about the number of national security orders and requests issued to communications providers, the number of customer accounts targeted under those orders and requests, and the underlying legal authorities. Through these new reporting methods, communications providers will be permitted to disclose more information than ever before to their customers.

What's an intelligence service to do? (If I were FSB)

The narrative that Snowden was an FSB asset is gaining traction in the mainstream media ready for new soundbites and more importantly for a different narrative that the audience isn’t getting bored with. Cue in omnipotent, yet still second fiddle to the good guys (this is Hollywood story, folks), supervillain, the FSB. According to the new narrative Snowden never worked alone, never talked a number of other NSA analysts and staff into giving him their username and password. Oh, no. He wasn’t just another disgruntled government employee that got emboldened by the leaks by Manning to WikiLeaks.

DNI Clapper on economic espionage

[gallery] icontherecord: Statement by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on Allegations of Economic Espionage September 8, 2013 It is not a secret that the Intelligence Community collects information about economic and financial matters, and terrorist financing. What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of - or give intelligence we collect to - US companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line.