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Patriot Act

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.

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...

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!

Matt Sledge

The Gaping Hole In Obama's FBI Surveillance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

The federal government this week announced a reform to an investigative tool that gives the FBI sweeping surveillance power. But a target of that surv...

We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

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.

In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount

Ann Burroughs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ann Burroughs

This USA Freedom Act isn't simply a reaction to NSA spying; it is a recommitment to protecting the right to privacy.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: Snowden No 'Hero,' Revealed Government Operating Way 'Founders Intended'"

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Be Thankful For the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What if Snowden had not revealed that shocking information on the vast government surveillance system that was hidden from the American public but known to Feinstein and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

NSA Spying: Did Bin Laden Win?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Life in a national insecurity state... ...

Jon Stewart Blames Congress For NSA Spying

Posted 10.31.2013 | Comedy

Remember the Patriot Act? The NSA certainly does. But Congress, in its efforts to appear outraged and shocked over the depth of our intelligence agenc...

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Introduced As Agency Remains On The Defensive

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major bill to reform the National Security Agency was introduced on Tuesday as the spy service's director defended its activities befo...

Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

With all these instances of Big Brother encroachment, one might want to opt out of the digital world entirely. Unfortunately, that is becoming more and more difficult in an increasingly technology-obsessed world.

We Don't Need More 'Spin' About NSA's Unconstitutional Domestic Snooping, We Need It Stopped

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

Foreign and national security policy should be protecting the republic and its institutions, not undermining them or taking priority over them. Unfortunately, as in Roman times, the republic is being undermined by a global empire.

Senators Seek Review Of NSA Spying

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is calling for the inspector general of the intelligence community to do a comprehensive review of s...

'American Fascism': Accurate or Misleading?

William Astore | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Certainly, since the attacks of 9/11 the U.S. has become more authoritarian, more militarized, and less free. But to describe this as "fascism" is misleading.

An Alternative 9/11 Vigil

Davide Mastracci | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Davide Mastracci

If we only think of 9/11's victims as the ones in the planes and on the streets of America, we miss the chance to think of what caused 9/11, and the ways 9/11 has led to terror for the world at large.