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Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Matt Sledge

Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency. H...

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Fails Key Senate Hurdle As Republicans Cry Terror | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A National Security Agency reform bill failed to clear a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday night, torpedoed by opposition f...

Mitch McConnell Lashes Out At NSA Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out against a major National Security Agency reform bill on Tuesday, claiming that...

Matt Sledge

Harry Reid Gives NSA Reform Bill The Go-Ahead | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the first major bill responding to the leaks by former National Security Ag...

As Surveillance Reforms Languish, New Tools for Consumers to Protect Data Criticized by FBI

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Recent statements by FBI officials, including Director James B. Comey, are revealing and troubling. They criticize tech companies for deploying techn...

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden's leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about th...

Is Silicon Valley More Dangerous to Your Privacy Than the NSA?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Silicon Valley tech giants want to reform government surveillance on the Internet? That's what they say, anyway.

Silicon Valley To Congress: Pass Real NSA Reform Now

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 06.05.2014 | Technology

Nothing unites foes like a common enemy, and the tech world has found theirs. One year after Edward Snowden's leak of National Security Agency doc...

Matt Sledge

Congress Celebrates Memorial Day By Hammering Civil Liberties | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

Before heading home this Memorial Day weekend to honor those Americans who fought and died for the principle of liberty, Congress did a number on the ...

Matt Sledge

House Passes Weak Response To NSA Spying | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

The House passed a gutted version of an NSA reform bill on Thursday, shifting the dimming hopes for change this year to the Senate. The bill repres...

Matt Sledge

House Committee Guts NSA Reforms Ahead Of Thursday Vote | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A key House committee close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gutted crucial provisions of a National Security Agency surveillance reform...

Matt Sledge

House Committee Approves NSA Reform Bill | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday on a "fast track to passage" that would limit the NSA's bulk collection of telephone call reco...

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.

What the Mainstream Media Doesn't Understand About the Road to a Society without Mass Surveillance

David Segal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
David Segal

Let us provide some context to those who relied on the Times's (non-existent) coverage of SOPA, prior to January 18th.

Matt Sledge

Google Backs Major Effort To Rein In NSA | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology

Google endorsed legislation on Tuesday that would roll back the National Security Agency's powers, adding its voice to an activist-led day of action. ...

We Need To Restore Internet User Trust After Surveillance

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Trust has been at the core of the U.S. approach to Internet policy for more than a decade and should not be squandered. While many intuitively understand why this must be preserved for human rights reasons, there are also vital economic concerns.

The NSA's Winter of Discontent

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Innocent Americans should never have to worry their government's awesome surveillance capabilities are intercepting, filtering, collecting, analyzing, and storing the intimate details of their lives. Appallingly, they do.

NSA Spying: Did Bin Laden Win?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

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

Matt Sledge

NSA Reform Bill Introduced As Agency Remains On The Defensive | 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...