Luca Gattoni-Celli

Luca Gattoni-Celli is an editorial intern at The American Spectator and a D.C.-based journalist focusing on economic policy, information technology, and government accountability. He graduated from the College of Charleston in May of 2012 with a degree in economics.

The NSA is Writing Flaws into Security Standards

 

Coordinated stories from the Guardian, the New York Times, and ProPublica reveal that the National Security Agency and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have undertaken systematic efforts to defeat online encryption standards, compromising the Internet’s fundamental integrity. No brief summary can do these stories justice. Anyone who uses the Internet should definitely read […]

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Sen Obama on Syria, Circa 2007

 

In a New York Times interview: I would meet directly with Syrian leaders. We would engage in a level of aggressive personal diplomacy in which a whole host of issues are on the table…but right now the only incentive that exists is our president suggesting that if you do what we tell you, we may not […]

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Sen. Feinstein Threatens Press Freedom

 

Senator Dianne Feinstein has had a busy year. She kicked off 2013 by leading the charge against “assault weapons,” analogous  to Nerf guns with extra plastic glued on. When the California Democrat’s gun control amendment decisively failed, she turned to defending extra-judicial targeted killing of American citizens with drone aircraft. Then Edward Snowden pushed intelligence […]

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NSA Phone Data: Maybe One Success, Unknown Abuses

 

This week I wrote that senior intelligence officials broke virtually no new ground at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. But Guardian National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman pointed out a very interesting development yesterday on “Democracy NOW!”: When pressed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), NSA Deputy Director John Inglis could only point to one terrorist […]

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Guardian Gets New NSA Disclosure, Congress Hears More of the Same

 

Senate Judiciary Committee members echoed the skepticism, if not the rancor, of their House counterparts, questioning broad domestic surveillance early Wednesday. But the biggest NSA news came outside the hearing room. The Guardian unveiled a powerful Internet monitoring program called XKEYSCORE, attempting to validate Edward Snowden’s controversial claim that he could wiretap the president. Senators […]

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Greenwald to Bolster Direst Snowden Claims

 

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald promised to bolster the most extreme claims of former NSA infrastructure analyst and contractor Edward Snowden: The fugitive leaker stated in the first publicly revealed video of an interview with Greenwald that, “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authority to wiretap anyone, from […]

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NSA Can Search Emails — Except Its Own

 

Josh Peterson at The Daily Caller points to an “awkward” ProPublica report that the NSA is having trouble fulfilling a freedom of information act (FOIA) request because it cannot easily search an internal email system that is “a little antiquated and archaic.” This is ironic, even if the agency is as large as the CIA […]

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Lobbyists Plan Obamacare Strategy Shindig

 

The American League of Lobbyists (ALL, as in all your tax dollar are belong to us) cordially invites you to an event called “Lobbying the Affordable Care Act” to be held Tuesday, July 23rd from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Hall of States in Washington. Admission is $35 for members and $79 for non-members, […]

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House Judiciary Panel Blasts Intel Officials

 

Intelligence officials were castigated early Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with a few congressmen going so far as to call the mass collection of phone metadata “illegal” and demand that it cease immediately. Senior members of both parties took turns raising tough questions — and their voices […]

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A Personal Defense of Jack Hunter

 

Jack Hunter, an important advisor to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has recently been accused of racism for his exploits as “The Southern Avenger” between 1999 and 2012. Although I would not say we are close, I know Jack personally and would like to mount a defense of his character. Jack made his bones in Charleston, […]

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