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The Patriot Act Was Just the Start: 10 Years of Unrestrained Surveillance

(32) Comments | Posted October 29, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Ten years ago, the passage of the Patriot Act fundamentally changed the relationship between Americans and their government. No longer willing to demonstrate probable cause or reasonable suspicion before engaging in intrusive electronic surveillance, the government granted law enforcement agencies broad new power to collect Americans' private information in...

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FBI's Latest Power Grab Is a Bold and Unnecessary Move

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 12:06 PM

What do the ACLU, the former director of the NSA and a tech industry lawyer all have in common (and this is not a joke)? They believe that the government's recent request to let the FBI get Americans' internet use records in national security investigations without going to...

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Gang of Eight Members Want a Bigger Gang

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 4:24 PM

The “gang of eight” is a group of members of Congress with a pretty sweet name that includes the leaders, both Democrat and Republican, of the Senate and House, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. The “gang” is briefed on covert...

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Spy Lies: McConnell on FISA

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2007 | 1:34 PM

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, with the help of the rest of the Bush administration, has been telling fibs to get controversial wiretapping legislation passed. The so-called "Protect America Act" -- or as we at the ACLU call it, the "Police America Act" -- and the wiretapping...

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