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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.

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...

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...

Congress to Vote on Surveillance Reforms After Misuse

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.21.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Several key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, enacted in the wake of 9/11, have afforded the government considerable access to electronic communications records. Some of them expire at the end of May, and their future is mired in uncertainty.

Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It's a Cultural Disease

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While this is a grossly overdue first step of sorts, it is nevertheless a first step from an administration that has been utterly complicit in accelerating the transformation of America's police forces into extensions of the military.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Will Get Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit...

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...

'The Measure of Man' Premieres at Cannes: Actor Vincent Lindon Captivates as a Security Guard in a Supermarket

Karin Badt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The Measure of a Man, the story of a middle-aged man, laid off from work, determinedly seeking new employment to save his homestead, is one of the most surprising films at the Cannes festival this year.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

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 ...

Congress Has A Lot To Tackle Before Another Holiday Break

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisi...

Rand Paul Calls For End To Domestic Surveillance Program

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan PHILADELPHIA, May 18 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul girded for a fight in Congress that coul...

Alexander Howard

New Iris Recognition Tech Could Make It Easier To Catch Criminals -- Or Find Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology

Technology to identify people by matching the irises of their eyes against a database has existed for years, but a new invention could now allow us to...

'Green News Report' -- May 14, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hours after Amtrak crash, Republicans vote to cut Amtrak's budget; FBI violated its own rules to spy on Keystone XL pipeline protesters; Hawaii votes to be first in the nation to reach 100% renewable energy

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).

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...

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 ...

Intelligence Gathering, Secrecy and the Congress Problem

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The question before the court of appeals was whether the collection of this enormous database is "relevant" to an "authorized investigation." The problem is that the word "relevant" is ambiguous. In the section 215 telephone metadata program, however, the massive amount of information collected is not, at the time it is collected, "relevant" to any particular suspected terrorist or suspected terrorist plot.

The SEC, CFTC and the Real-Time Risks in Today's Markets

Irene Aldridge | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

The new revelations surrounding the Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, once again brought to light an undeniable fact: U.S. regulators desperately need to boost their real-time surveillance capabilities.

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

America's Combat Towards Government Surveillance

Joshua Ebrahimi | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Joshua Ebrahimi

While focusing on liberal arts is definitely important to teach our children, John Oliver's uncovering of Americans ill-informed comprehension of the Internet proves we need to place computer science at the same core level as math, science, history and reading.

Game of Thrones vs. Real Life: 5 Ways Fact Is Worse Than Fiction

Anna Neistat | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Anna Neistat

The long-awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones begins on Sunday 12 April. Broadcast in 170 countries, the show shocks viewers and generates controversy with graphic violence, especially against women. Yet many aspects of real life around the world today are worse than the mythical Westeros.