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Rand Paul Plans To Filibuster Patriot Act

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said this week that he intends to mount a fight against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, the post-Sept. 11 law that give...

Mitch McConnell Defends NSA Bulk Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON, May 10 (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his support for a measure in ...

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...

Intelligence Gathering, Secrecy and the Congress Problem

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The question before the court of appeals was whether the collection of this enormous database is "relevant" to an "authorized investigation." The problem is that the word "relevant" is ambiguous. In the section 215 telephone metadata program, however, the massive amount of information collected is not, at the time it is collected, "relevant" to any particular suspected terrorist or suspected terrorist plot.

Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Unlawful: Federal Appeals Court Holds NSA Data Collection Illegal

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

What does it mean for "tangible things" to be "relevant" to an "authorized investigation"? The government argued that this language authorized the NSA to collect metadata if at any future time the records might become "relevant" to an "authorized" criminal investigation.

Journalism in the Age of Mass Surveillance

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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.

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 Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The current sunset debate is our first opportunity as a society to grapple with the mass-surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, and we can't afford to let this opportunity pass us by.

Encryption Becomes a Part of Journalists' Toolkit

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media
The GroundTruth Project

Encryption is becoming a standard item of the journalism toolkit, a must-have for anyone hoping to report on sensitive issues that might upset institutions of power. And it's not just the NSA journalists and sources need to protect themselves from.

A Ray of Light Shines on Internet Rights

Kathy Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own ideas, one's opinion of another's idea, to advocate or to disassociate with the collective views of other speakers, to associate locally and globally is unprecedented in history. This precious Internet freedom is, however, volatile around the world.

Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

As long as the war on terror exists, there will be a need for the Patriot Act. In all likelihood, this is simply the world we live in now. There are, however, aspects of the Patriot Act that are undeniably in need of revision.

Before Edward Snowden Leaks, NSA Mulled Ending Phone Program

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months ...

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...

Ignorance Is Bliss

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor.

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...

ruth, Transparency, Democracy and the Surveillance State

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

When a powerful government like "Top Secret America" enjoys maximum "privacy" while private individuals are subjected to full transparency, it might be time to turn that boat around!

Ali Watkins

Intelligence Agencies Slack Off When It Comes To Their Own Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A White House-appointed board published a comparative chart Thursday on how U.S. intelligence agencies use a Reagan-era executive order ...

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...

U.S. Judge Rules For NSA In Warrantless Search Case

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the National Security Agency in a lawsuit challenging the interception of ...

New Snowden Findings Suggest Cyber-Espionage Program Used By Several Countries

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations ...

NSA Tapped Into North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say

The New York Times | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November w...

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security

Spiegel Online | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is...

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...

Federal Judges Hear Arguments Over NSA Surveillance

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of pho...