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WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Curbing the US government's power to collect telephone records is a victory of sorts for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that reflects shifting public opinion about the surveillance state a decade after 9/11, analysts say. In the immediate aftermath of September 11, "Americans were afraid and not really concerned" about the sweeping intelligence-gathering powers imbedded in the Patriot Act, said Neema Singh Guliani, a legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) focusing on privacy and surveillance issues. Stirring that conversation was Snowden's stated desire when the 31-year-old National Security Agency contractor leaked details of the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' telephone metadata.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial rejected defense attorneys' second request for a mistrial Wednesday over video shown in court of a psychiatrist's interview with gunman James Holmes.