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Patriot Act

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.

Ali Watkins

Huge Pieces Of The Patriot Act Are About To Expire. Here's What That Actually Means.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget Edward Snowden. It may just be congressional dysfunction that brings down the Patriot Act. The nation’s lawmakers and intell...

White House: No 'Plan B' If Congress Fails To Act On Patriot Act

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certai...

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...

Rand Paul: Obama Started NSA Bulk Collection And Can End It By Himself

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama was being "disingenuous" about his ability to override the National Security Agency...

Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill With Patriot Act In Jeopardy

AP | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a Hous...

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...

Jessica Schulberg

Richard Burr Hatches 'Win-Win' Plan To Reform NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With senators appearing steadfastly divided on whether to renew expiring Patriot Act provisions or replace them with a bill to curb gove...

Jessica Schulberg

Watchdog Finds Huge Failure In Surveillance Oversight Ahead Of Patriot Act Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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 ...

Jessica Schulberg

Rand Paul Ends Daylong NSA 'Filibuster'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2015 | 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.

Jessica Schulberg

Rand Paul Delivers On NSA Filibuster Promise

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday made good on a threat to filibuster his colleagues' attempts to extend some provisions of the Patrio...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Rand Paul Wants Obama To Get Rid Of A Major Patriot Act Provision

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Daniel Marans

Russ Feingold Was Progressive Before It Was Cool

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

On a number of key issues -- the Iraq war, surveillance, criminal justice and same-sex marriage, among others -- Republicans and Democrats alike are r...

Mitch McConnell Intends To Extend Surveillance Plan

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

(Adds background, White House comment.) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader ...

House Approves Bill That Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2015 | 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...

Igor Bobic

Long Before He Became A Hawk, Marco Rubio Fought Against Excessive Counterterror Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

They Know Everything About You (Video Part 1)

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Scheer

"For Democracy, privacy is the ball game." That is the opening sentence of my latest book, They Know Everything About You, and it is highly relevant as Congress now debates an extension of the Patriot Act that enabled unprecedented mass government surveillance.

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 ...

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 ...

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...

The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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.

Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 04.08.2015 | 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.