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Patriot Act Extension

Marina Fang

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

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 ...

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.

Obama Urges Senate To Reach Deal On Surveillance Legislation

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

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

Igor Bobic

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

Laura Barron-Lopez

Rand Paul Wants Obama To Get Rid Of A Major Patriot Act Provision | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to press President Barack Obama to eliminate a provision in the Patriot Act th...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Kevin McCarthy Warns Senate Against Extending Patriot Act Without Reforms | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned the Senate on Monday against pushing through a renewal of surveillance powers for...

Igor Bobic

Long Before He Became A Hawk, Marco Rubio Fought Against Excessive Counterterror Policies | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his first major foreign policy address as a presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged the Senate to permanently authori...

Igor Bobic

Ron Wyden Threatens Filibuster Over NSA Bulk Data Collection | 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...

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.

Matt Sledge

Congress Girds For Patriot Act Fight Over NSA Spying | 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...

"See Something, Say Something" And Impunity for Profiling

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

The "See Something, Say Something Act" seeks to amend the Homeland Security Act so that any person who files a report in "good faith" will be immune from civil suit. We should be skeptical of any act extending immunity from the law.

Fool Me Once...

Emily Berman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman

The American people deserve to hear a real debate about what government surveillance programs are doing in their name. Only then can we make an informed decision about whether the claimed security benefits of those programs justify their costs.

Patriotism Then and Now

Jonathan Richards | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of pos...

Senate Passes Patriot Act Extension

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

The Senate voted 72-23 Thursday to extend the government's Patriot Act powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. ...

Sam Stein

White House Puts The Screws To Congress On The Patriot Act | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The abrupt decision by Senate leadership on Thursday to reconsider their opposition to a controversial Patriot Act amendment came as a b...

Sam Stein

Rand Paul's Controversial Gun Records Amendment May Get Patriot Act Vote After All | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leadership seems poised to acquiesce to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) demand that the chamber vote on an amendment that wou...

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, But Will the Patriot Act Live On?

Aaron Swartz | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Aaron Swartz

The Patriot Act is (again) up for renewal this month. By ending the Patriot Act's erosion of our civil liberties, we can protect the freedoms that make America worth fighting for.

Sam Stein

Lieberman: Senate Democrats Eying Three-Month Patriot Act Extension | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chair of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on Tuesday that Senate...

Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: House Dems and 26 Republicans (Including Tea Partiers) Vote Down Patriot Act Extension

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

This may be the start of the genuine liberals in Congress joining with the genuine conservatives in order to attempt to stop the genuinely un-American activities occurring post-9/11 on our watch and in our name.

Jeff Muskus

Democrats Spar With Obama DOJ Over PATRIOT Act | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When President Obama was Senator Obama, he had deep reservations about the expansion of executive authority. Now that he wields that authority, he app...

Lawmakers Weigh Patriot Act Extension

L.A. Times | David G. Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - The Patriot Act -- a favorite tool in the George W. Bush administration's fight against terrorism -- may be renamed later...