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Ali Watkins

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

Obama Urges Senate To Reach Deal On Surveillance Legislation

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to resolve its impasse over legislation authorizing collectio...

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.

Obama Expected To Endorse Surveillance Reform

AP | JULIE PACE and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Backs Reforms To FISA Court, NSA Programs | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced new measures Friday to increase transparency and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ami...

Matt Sledge

Democratic Senators Reject Obama Claim That NSA Program Strikes 'Right Balance' | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

Two Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected claims President Barack Obama made Friday that the National Security Agency's pho...

The National Security State Wins (Again)

William J. Astore | Posted 07.15.2012 | World
William J. Astore

Despite his record as a "warrior-president," despite the breathless "Obama got Osama" campaign boosterism, common inside-the-Beltway wisdom has it that the president has backed himself into a national security corner.

The Obama Contradiction

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If Obama is the president of next to nothing on the domestic policy front (but fundraising for his second term), he has the powers previously associated with the gods when it comes to war-making abroad.

Joining the Whistleblowers' Club

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As our government accumulates ever more of what it thinks the American people have no right to know about, there will only be increasing persecutions as prosecutions.

Ever More and Ever Less: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Those who imagine the era of overreach in the name of national security coming to an end any time soon would do well to remember that some spectacular national security trials are on the horizon -- and that we may be entering a new age of governmental vindictiveness.

Invasion of the Republicrats!

MP Nunan | Posted 03.14.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Are you confused by the amount of cross-the-aisle policy incest going on in the Republican primaries -- and the White House? You're not alone!

Liberty or Security -- Why Can't We Have Both?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

So much blood was lost in the name of freedom, yet here we are several generations later, fearful of Islamic terrorism and blandly accepting the serious erosion of our civil liberties with barely a murmur of dissent.

Where Have All the Flags Gone?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

I am convinced that America was ready for change. I am convinced that this was the time for change. I am troubled that our political leaders seem to be fighting to keep their world as it has been for decades.

Obama, Bush, and the Patriot Act

David Bromwich | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

The tone of the present administration is more soothing than that of its predecessor. But ever since Obama gave his National Archives Speech, in May 2009, the continuities with Cheney-Bush have been unmistakable.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week Bibi Netanyahu addressed Congress; President Obama extended the Patriot Act for another four years; prosecutors moved another step closer to indicting John Edwards for misusing campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter; and Newt Gingrich scrambled to reconcile his claims of being "very frugal" with his $500,000 revolving line of credit at Tiffany. Meanwhile, in a political version of The Hangover sequel, the GOP's leadership, drunk on Tea (Party), did something wild and crazy -- creating a plan to gut and privatize Medicare, and pressuring elected Republicans to vote for it -- only to wake up in New York's 26th District with a pounding morning-after headache. If Democrats don't provide a cure by agreeing to deep cuts in Medicare as part of a deal to raise the government's debt ceiling, this GOP hangover could last until November 2012.

Congress Sends Patriot Act Extension To Obama

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit ...

Congressional Leaders Reach Agreement On Patriot Act Extension

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Top congressional leaders agreed Thursday to a four-year extension of the anti-terrorist Patriot Act, the controversial law passed ...

Senate Passes 1-Year Extension Of Key Patriot Act Provisions

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Key provisions of the nation's primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House Thursday ...

ACLU: Obama Position On Patriot Act Is 'A Major Travesty'

The Raw Story | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key components in the USA Patriot Act are set to expire at the end of the year, but President Barack Obama is seeking to extend them, reversing his st...

Patriot Act: Democratic Lawmakers Defy Obama

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defying the Obama administration, the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to remove from the USA Patriot Act a tool for tracki...

Obama And Progressives Split On Patriot Act, Terrorism Policy

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — New cracks are opening in the relationship between President Barack Obama and his liberal allies in Congress over his desire to con...

Obama: Patriot Act Surveillance Law Should Stay

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration promised Congress on Tuesday to negotiate stronger privacy protections for Americans under terrorism surve...

Sam Stein

Pelosi Splits With Obama On State Secrets, Bush Investigations (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a discordant chord with the White House on Wednesday, claiming a "difference of opinion" with the administration's approac...