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National Security Letters

Congress' Treachery, the FBI's Double-Crossing and the American Citizenry's Cluelessness: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As the grandfather of three young ones, ages 5 to 9, I get to see my fair share of kid movies: plenty of hijinks, lots of bathroom humor, and an endle...

Matt Sledge

The Gaping Hole In Obama's FBI Surveillance Reform | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

The federal government this week announced a reform to an investigative tool that gives the FBI sweeping surveillance power. But a target of that surv...

Matt Sledge

Government Admits 'Misstatement' In Key Surveillance Lawsuit | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The U.S. government has admitted that it made a significant courtroom mistake in arguments over a controversial surveillance technique. The Justice...

'Just Salute and Follow Orders': When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, with so much of the public attention focused on the NSA's misdeeds, there is a tendency to forget that the NSA is merely one of a growing number of clandestine intelligence agencies tasked with spying on the American people.

Matt Sledge

Verizon Received 320,000 Law Enforcement Requests For Customer Data Last Year | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Verizon received 320,000 U.S. law enforcement requests for customer names, phone call records, text messages, and other kinds of customer data in 2013...

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Democracy Now!

"My biggest fear when I shutdown the service was that no good would come of it," says Ladar Levison, the owner of Lavabit, an encrypted email service ...

Matt Sledge

Obama Wants To Keep Another DOJ Memo Secret | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The legal basis for the FBI's past use of emergency requests to obtain telephone records should be kept secret, the Justice Department sai...

Matt Sledge

National Security Letter Gag Orders Struck Down As Unconstitutional (UPDATE) | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Concluding that they suffer from "significant constitutional infirmities," a federal district court judge in San Francisco on Thursday str...

Google Transparency Report Offers Details On National Security Letters

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Google updated its Transparency Report on Tuesday with details about the the US government's use of national security letters, a controversial investi...

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

Michelle Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michelle Richardson

The administration is asking Congress to give the FBI more of your private information without even going to a judge. We're asking Congress to reject this power grab and side with the Constitution -- just as their oath of office demands.

Wrong Direction on Privacy

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

There is no question that bad actors, from criminals and terrorists use the network to conduct their activities. But better protections for transactional information needs to be part of new wiretap law.

Obama Versus Obama on the Patriot Act

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

Disturbingly, Obama Administration officials played a significant behind the scene role in opposing stronger civil liberties protections, directly contradicting Obama's positions as a Senator.

End the Fishing Expedition and Abide by (or Fix) the Law

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The Bush administration surmised the terrorist threat had changed the United State's security situation so vastly that the National Security Agency "had to fish with a big net, not a hook"

FBI "Blanket" Demands For Phone Records Used To Cover Up Mistakes

NY Times | Eric Lichtbau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senior officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation repeatedly approved the use of "blanket" records demands to justify the improper collection of...

New Documents Reveal Expanded Military Role In Domestic Surveillance

The Body Politik | Igor Volsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The ACLU is reporting that the Department of Defense improperly collaborated with the FBI and issued "hundreds of national security letters (NSLs) to ...