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An Error-Riddled Tirade

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

There may be more uninformed or misleading detractors of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) and the impending expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act than Andrew C. McCarthy, but if there are, they do not readily come to mind.

NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

AP | Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed t...

How to Find Common Ground on One of the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...

Speech Recognition Is The NSA's Best-Kept Open Secret

The Intercept | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

Siri can understand what you say. Google can take dictation. Even your new smart TV is taking verbal orders. So is there any doubt the National Sec...

Igor Bobic

Ron Wyden Threatens Filibuster Over NSA Bulk Data Collection

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the most persistent critics of U.S. surveillance programs, on Sunday threatened to filibuster a reauthor...

Lynch: U.S. Reviewing Court Ruling Challenging NSA Phone Program

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Thursday the Department of Justice was reviewing a court decision that rev...

NSA Bulk Data Collection Illegal, U.S. Appeals Court Says

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

* Bulk phone surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013 * Appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program ...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

The NSA's Earth Day Mascot Will Scare You Into Recycling

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

Americans throw a lot of trash away -- about 4.4 pounds per person every day. But the National Security Agency has a simple solution for our planet-ki...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee kicked off budget season this week with a slew of appearances from Washington’s top spies. CIA Direc...

The Dick Pic Effect

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 04.14.2015 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

Professional athletes are the perfect subjects to study the "dick pic effect" -- how the unwelcome release of one's private privates affect one's day at work. Through box scores and databases, we can monitor an athlete's performance before and after a penis photo is published online.

Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act To End Government Spying On Americans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to r...

Matt Sledge

Congress Girds For Patriot Act Fight Over NSA Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, sat down to talk face to face with his fiercest critics in a House office in Janu...

Researchers: NSA Has Ability To Hide Spying Software Deep Within Computer Hard Drives

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Wester...

Obama Acknowledges Damage From NSA Eavesdropping On Angela Merkel

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that revelations of U.S. surveillance on Ger...

Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 12.31.2014 | Technology

If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP.

NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics

While you were drinking eggnog on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents detailing insta...

Where's the Outrage?

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

That's the question a French friend posed last year after the Edward Snowden leaks revealed that the U.S. government was, in fact, violating the law by spying on American citizens. Now we have another outrage that, so far, has failed to stir the American public to demand change.

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Ali Watkins

Intelligence Funding Will Likely Clear Senate At Last Minute

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be the 11th hour, but it looks like the intelligence community can breathe a sigh of relief: The nation’s spies will likely get...

We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Fails Key Senate Hurdle As Republicans Cry Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A National Security Agency reform bill failed to clear a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday night, torpedoed by opposition f...

Mitch McConnell Lashes Out At NSA Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out against a major National Security Agency reform bill on Tuesday, claiming that...

Enact the USA Freedom Act

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed Act is a huge step forward in our nation's effort to redesign our surveillance programs to protect the privacy of American citizens without sacrificing the compelling need to protect our national security. This legislation should be signed by the President -- without delay.