Cyber Roundup: Snowden testifies in front of European Parliament; CIA v. Congress; Sprint sued by government for overbilling

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the government is suing Spring Corp. for allegedly overcharging agencies such as the FBI and DEA by at least $21 million to facilitate the government’s phone surveillance programs.  Here’s a report, too, on the same lawsuit from Wired.
  • According to the New York Times, the CIA is under investigation in response to congressional complaints that “CIA employees were improperly monitoring the work of staff embers of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”  Reportedly, the searches were conducted to determine how committee staff members were able to access a draft of an internal review of the agency’s interrogation program.  Here’s a piece on the investigation by the Dish.
  • NBC News reports that it may cost billions of dollars for the Pentagon to remedy the harm caused to military security by the Edward Snowden leaks.
  • Also from the WSJ:  A poorly written contract between the U.S. Navy and computer-services provider Hewlett-Packard Co. was the cause of a major Iranian infiltration into the Navy’s network.  The contract reportedly didn’t require Hewlett-Packard to provide specific security for a set of Navy Department databases, leaving those databases without regular security.
  • Federal News Radio reports that, after reviewing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) practices of the fifteen agencies that receive 90 percent of all requests, most received failing grades.  Some of those agencies include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State.
  • Lawfare Blog reported that the opening statement of Edward Snowden’s remote testimony to the European Parliament was:
    “I would like to thank the European Parliament for the invitation to provide testimony for your inquiry into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU citizens.  The suspicionless surveillance programs of the NSA, GCHQ, and so many others that we learned about over the last year endanger a number of basic rights which, in the aggregate, constitute the foundation of liberal societies.”  In closing, Snowden said:

    Whether we like it or not, the international norms of tomorrow are being constructed today, right now, by the work of bodies like this committee.  If liberal states decide that the convenience of spies is more valuable than the rights of their citizens, the inevitable result will be states that are both less liberal and less safe.

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography


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