That the NSA is covertly spying on all three branches of the American government is nothing short of scandalous. This type of information collected in such intercepts can be used for the purposes of political blackmail, and how profoundly that blackmail can shape the political landscape of the country. In fact, there is a long history of intelligence agencies and covert groups using precisely this type of information to blackmail politicians in the past.
The government of Cyprus is holding a series of crisis meetings, as it tries to avoid bankruptcy. MPs rejected a controversial bill to dip into peoples savings. Without it, the banking sector will collapse, and the country could even be forced to leave the euro. Al Jazeera's Peter Sharp reports from capital Nicosia.
MUST LISTEN! 'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - all info stored in supercomputers, in Utah Data Centers. Interview with William Binney The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.