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Emily Berman

Blog Entries by Emily Berman

New FBI Rules Go Too Far

Posted June 22, 2011 | 11:44:17 (EST)

Since 9/11, the FBI's power to investigate and collect information about Americans, often without any indication of wrongdoing, has expanded on several occasions. Now, according to the New York Times, the FBI is once again poised to extend its authorities by issuing a new version of the rules...

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Fool Me Once...

Posted June 13, 2011 | 17:34:16 (EST)

Congress once again extended expiring provisions of the Patriot Act with very little debate. Perhaps they don't need to debate this law. After all, 10 years after its initial passage, lawmakers and voters should know what the statute says and whether they support its continued use, right? Wrong.

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Will Rendition Always Remain a State Secret?

43 Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 17:45:20 (EST)

On President Obama's first day in office, he stated unequivocally that his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness in government," leaving behind the culture of secrecy surrounding the executive branch during the previous administration. One key brick in the government's wall of secrecy has been...

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Policing the FBI

Posted March 15, 2011 | 13:32:43 (EST)

Hundreds of violations of laws, executive orders, and other regulations. A two-and-a-half year delay between when a violation was committed and when it was reported. Failure of private entities, such as phone companies and internet service providers, to insist on valid legal justification before turning over customer records. Incorporation of...

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