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After Orlando Shooting, House Shifts On Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what could signal a new shift in Congress, House lawmakers rejected a proposal on Thursday that would have required the government to...

Traffic To Wikipedia Pages About Terror Groups Plunged After Snowden Revelations

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 04.27.2016 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarizing knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 percent afte...

Scheer Intelligence: Jason Leopold and the power of FOIA

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with journalist Jason Leopold to discuss how he has used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) again and again to obtain previously undisclosed government documents.

Restoring the Right to Be Let Alone

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congress should restore the right to the brightest star within our constitutional constellation by prohibiting government encroachments on citizen privacy unless strictly necessary for law enforcement or counterterrorism. Speculation or uncorroborated hunches should not be enough.

Former Koch Dark Money Group Targets Ted Cruz In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proxy battle between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the Republican presidential primary heated up on Tuesd...

To Hillary Clinton: Snowden Is a Traitor -- and a Hero

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

How revealing that the perpetrators of mass surveillance violating the Fourth Amendment -- from Cheney on down -- don't have to deal with the "traitor" question. That in CNN debates, in the mass media, this grand stigma -- traitor -- is reserved only for whistleblowers.

EU Court Issues Landmark Data Ruling

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A deal that allows thousands of companies to transfer data from Europe to the United States is invalid, the hig...

Glenn Greenwald Explains How Snowden Plans To Use His Twitter Presence

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.05.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Whistleblower Edward Snowden joined Twitter last week -- a decision that journalist Glenn Greenwald said was a long time coming. Greenwald, who worked...

Federal Court Weighs Whether To Immediately Halt NSA Spying

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court appeared reluctant on Wednesday to put an immediate halt to the federal government's collection of m...

AT&T Gave The NSA Unique And Unprecedented Access

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordina...

Wikileaks: NSA Also Spied On Several German Ministers

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

BERLIN, July 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has spied not only on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also on numerous high-ra...

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Turn NSA Spying Back On, But With Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After allowing portions of the Patriot Act to expire early Monday, lawmakers voted on Tuesday to reinstate the National Security Agency'...

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Clears Hurdle In Senate

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end th...

Marina Fang

Bernie Sanders Reluctantly Admits He Agrees With Rand Paul On NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be on opposite sides of...

Ali Watkins

NSA Spying Isn't Dead Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After two weeks of explosive tension, controversial portions of the USA Patriot Act died a slow, albeit temporary, death Sunday, having ...

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

Ali Watkins

Senate Lets NSA Spying Expire

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) succeeded Sunday in forcing certain controversial provisions of the Patriot Act to expire, including the NSA’s...

Senate Debates Patriot Act Reforms As Deadline Looms

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics

(Updates with midnight deadline passing, inserts amendments, paragraphs 3, 5, 14-15.) By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel ...

Ali Watkins

'There's Not A Failsafe' If NSA Programs Expire, Administration Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The National Security Agency will begin shutting down its massive bulk data collection systems one minute before Congress is scheduled...

Ali Watkins

Huge Pieces Of The Patriot Act Just Expired. Here's What That Actually Means.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget Edward Snowden. It was congressional dysfunction that brought down the Patriot Act. In a sensational late-night Senate session...

Igor Bobic

Jeb Bush: 'Not A Shred Of Evidence' That Patriot Act Violated Anyone's Civil Liberties

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 surveillance law signed by his brother, while on ...

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Riley Roberts

In the days ahead, as we reappraise Edward Snowden's complicated legacy, now two years old -- and as Congress considers a package of sensible NSA reforms -- what's called for is a dose of clear-eyed realism, an appetite for nuance, and a high tolerance for uncertainty.

White House Warns Not Passing Surveillance Bill Poses Security Risk

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that letting surveillance legislation lapse in Congress would pose a risk to U.S. secur...

House Approves Bill That Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would end spy agencies' bulk collections of Ameri...

Journalism in the Age of Mass Surveillance

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
The Next Ten Challenge

Surveillance has begun to replace censorship as the weapon of choice for both democracies and repressive regimes intent on silencing and intimidating journalists.