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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 05.18.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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 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.

Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2015 | 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...