Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NSA Defends Cell Monitoring

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NSA Defends Cell Monitoring

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WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cell phones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

Documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that the NSA gathers as many as 5 billion records every day about the location data for hundreds of millions of cell phones worldwide by tapping into cables that carry international cell phone traffic. The Washington Post said the collection inadvertently scoops up an unknown amount of American data as well.

The NSA said Friday it was not tracking every foreign phone call and said it takes measures to limit how much U.S. data is collected.

Navy fires drone missile

LOS ANGELES -- The Navy launched a drone from a submerged submarine, a feat that could prove valuable in providing intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities for military special operations.

The small drone was fired from the Providence submarine's torpedo tube, where it flew a "several hour" mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the sub, the Navy said.

The project, which took $15 million and about six years to accomplish, was carried out by the Naval Research Laboratory. It took place at the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.

Metro-North looks at safety

NEW YORK -- Metro-North Railroad, five days after the worst crash in its 30 years, was ordered by U.S. safety regulators to use two train operators in certain areas.

The railroad, whose Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx killed four people, also must improve its signaling system to ensure speed limits are followed, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration said Friday in an emergency order.

The train that derailed was traveling almost three times the speed limit before it crashed in a curve. …

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