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Patriot Act Section 215

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government's choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

An Error-Riddled Tirade

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

There may be more uninformed or misleading detractors of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) and the impending expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act than Andrew C. McCarthy, but if there are, they do not readily come to mind.

Jessica Schulberg

Watchdog Finds Huge Failure In Surveillance Oversight Ahead Of Patriot Act Deadline | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a declassified and heavily redacted report on a controversial Patriot Act provision, the Justice Department’s inspector general fou...

Jessica Schulberg

Rand Paul Ends Daylong NSA 'Filibuster' | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to demand a halt to National Security Agency collection of ordi...

Congress Should End Metadata Collection

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Congress has four days left in its current session to decide whether to reauthorize Section 215, amend it or let it die a natural death on June 1, 2015 (the date on which it will sunset if not reauthorized).

Richard Burr Says 9/11 Could Have Been Preventable With Mass Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said on Sunday that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks may have been preventable if the bulk phone collection program that exists ...

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...

Using Metadata to Catch a Whistleblower

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What if that someone also had, as we know the NSA does, access to your social media, email, snail mail, credit card data, travel information, air reservations, and bank records? Orwell was an amateur. Metadata is the key to stripping away the haystack so that the needle is just sitting there.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: Snowden No 'Hero,' Revealed Government Operating Way 'Founders Intended'" | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said he thinks there's a legitimate debate to be had about the National Security Agency's phone surveillance pr...

Matt Sledge

The NSA's Reach Might Be Even Bigger Than We Thought | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

The National Security Agency's court-approved authority to access and analyze phone records three "hops" away from a suspected terrorist's phone numbe...

Matt Sledge

NSA Surveillance Reform Efforts Take A Hit | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- After a summer of National Security Agency leaks, momentum has shifted to a debate on surveillance reform. But reform efforts in Congre...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner, Pelosi Defend Votes For NSA Phone Surveiilance | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) found themselves on the same side again Thursday...

Danielle Schlanger

Congressman's Criticisms Of Patriot Act Misuse May Be Unfounded | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the congressman who helped author The Patriot Act in 2001, has been largely critical of the Obama administration for ...

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...