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Progressive Phone Company Discloses Legal Battle Over FBI's National Security Letters

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A federal court has granted permission to a progressive telecommunications company ― one at the center of a years-long battle over th...

Building Radical Networks

Amelia Marzec | Posted 01.01.2017 | Technology
Amelia Marzec

We are enslaved to systems that don't have our best interests at heart, in order to fulfill a basic human need: communication. We need to seriously consider creating alternatives to the internet, which would allow our communities to have ownership over how we talk and share information.

The USA Freedom Act Has Not Done Much for Privacy

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

So despite the fact that some of the Republican debaters were up in arms about it, the USA Freedom Act actually has produced only very marginal gains for privacy. The current state of affairs is mostly depressing, especially in light of the floodlight on these issues gifted to us by Snowden.

Resist the "Trumpification" of the Internet

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Ryan Hagemann

Well it finally happened. Donald Trump, not content with merely mocking reporters, calling for the deportation of Muslim-Americans, and erecting walls along the American border, has a new target in his crosshairs: the Internet.

The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In an age of too many laws, too many prisons, too many government spies, and too many corporations eager to make a fast buck at the expense of the American taxpayer, there is no safe place and no watertight alibi.

A Healthy Challenge to Congress: BSA's Congressional 2015 Data Agenda

Victoria Espinel | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Victoria Espinel

As countries like the United Kingdom, Brazil, and China develop their data policies, the U.S. can offer a model that respects rule of law and individual rights. We can do it. This can happen.

Federal Court Weighs Whether To Immediately Halt NSA Spying

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court appeared reluctant on Wednesday to put an immediate halt to the federal government's collection of m...

Is O'Malley the Hart of '16? Is Sanders the Dean? Is Obama Jew-ish?

Mark Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

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Hastert shocking... but Alter recalls how he sleazily pocketed millions when legislation enhanced his private property. Alter-Matalin debate how Pope wants to phase out fossil fuels while many Catholic Republicans are in big oil's pockets. Then: Is O'Malley Hart and Hillary Mondale? Is Obama Jew-ish?

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) speech against the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data may not have earned him many points among h...

Jason Linkins

Rand Paul's Yelling About The Freedom Act: Good For The Country, Or Good For His Brand?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we get excited about some sporting updates, get the lowdown on the newly passed "USA Freedom Act" and discus...

The USA Freedom Act Is a Virtual Scam

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Some foes of mass surveillance have been celebrating the final passage of the USA Freedom Act, but Thomas Drake sounds decidedly glum. The new law, he tells me, is "a new spy program." It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act.

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

Loosening the Grip of Fear

Byron Williams | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

Now that fear appears to be ebbing, senators on both sides of the political aisle were willing to openly oppose aspects of the Patriot Act. Time has provided the elixir needed to the help the nation realize the balance between security and individual liberty is crucial.

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Clears Hurdle In Senate

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end th...

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

Barney Frank Calls Out Rand Paul's Double Standard On Civil Liberties

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of the Patriot Act for what he says is its "unconstitutional" invasion of citizens' privacy, was criticized Mon...

Marina Fang

Bernie Sanders Reluctantly Admits He Agrees With Rand Paul On NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be on opposite sides of...

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

Freedom from the PATRIOT Act

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

Many Americans have been heard to mimic the media's disdain for partisan gridlock in Washington, but because Congress and the president often do the wrong thing, it's often better when nothing is done.

Senate Debates Patriot Act Reforms As Deadline Looms

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics

(Updates with midnight deadline passing, inserts amendments, paragraphs 3, 5, 14-15.) By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel ...

Rand Paul Vows To Block Patriot Act Extension

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Saturday that he would block the Senate from passing an extension of the Patriot Act, which is set to expire at 12:01 a...

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2016 | 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.

How to Find Common Ground on One of the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.

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...