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Warrantless Surveillance

Questioning Authority: Edward Snowden

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What we learned in 1971 is essentially the same thing we learned from the Snowden documents. The federal government is conducting illegal surveillance on Americans. Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. He is a patriot.

The End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's time for a second American Revolution. Not a revolution designed to kill people or tear down and physically destroy society, but a revolution of the minds and souls of human beings--a revolution promulgated to restore the freedoms for which our founders sacrificed their fortunes and their lives.

Challenge for Congress and the NSA This Wednesday: Re-establishing the Rule of Law

Coleen Rowley | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The way forward is clear: Congress must finally begin to exercise its Article I constitutional powers and rein in executive branch lawbreaking.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows What Data Americans Think The NSA Is Collecting

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

More Americans now worry more about anti-terrorism policies encroaching on civil liberties than not going far enough to protect the country, according...

Group Plans Nationwide Protests Against NSA Spying

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A group of concerned citizens has organized under the name "Restore The Fourth" and plans to protest what it calls "unconstitutional surveillance" at ...

FBI & NSA Spying Revealed: Uncle Sam Is Watching You, and Both Congress and the Courts Are Complicit

Shahid Buttar | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The document is disturbing because, in a single swoop, it authorizes not just the wiretapping of a single individual, or a single organization, but all of the customers of a single telecommunications company.

Matt Sledge

Senator 'Extremely Concerned' Over FBI Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was "extremely concerned" over revelations that the FBI continues to believe it can conduct war...

Right and Left Unite to Bring Privacy Protections to Digital World

Grover Norquist | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Grover Norquist

The Fourth Amendment -- the one that is supposed to keep the government out of your mail and outside your door -- is one area that can unite grownups of the left and right.

Google Will Fight The Government To Protect Your Email

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digit...

"Homeland" Season 3: Carrie, Call Your Lawyer

David Laufman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Entertainment
David Laufman

According to bootleg scripts for the upcoming season, the White House will express its strong preference that all investigative activity be centralized under the umbrella of the Commission. Consequently, other investigative bodies will, naturally, insist on doing their own thing.

Matt Sledge

FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Bill From Bush Era Poised For Renewal

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

With Senate poised to act as early as Thursday night to renew the foreign surveillance bill that authorized the Bush administration's secret warrantle...

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The first installment in this series reviewed President Eisenhower's prescient warnings about "the military-industrial complex...endanger[ing] our lib...

Matt Sledge

Senate Judiciary Votes To Require Warrant For Email Snooping

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to force cops to get a warrant to spy on your email. It was a first step toward beating...

Senator Dismisses Report That Proposed Bill Would Allow Warrantless Email Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.21.2012 | Technology

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is pushing back against charges that he is tweaking legislation in order to give the government warrantless p...

Glenn Greenwald: Petraeus Affair Shines Light on Massive, Unaccountable U.S. Surveillance State

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

"You are talking about a massively invasive investigation that without any of their knowledge obtained their most intimate communications, all without evidence of any predicate crime," says Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!

Our Civil Liberties: What Exactly Is Obama's Track Record?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

So what does the future hold? Unless President Obama changes course -- and drastically so -- freedom as we have known it will become extinct.

Supreme Court Skeptical Of Government Request On Surveillance

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of a government request to invalidate a lawsuit challenging the expansion of a surveillan...

Matt Sledge

Obama Goes All-In On Warrantless Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration has overseen a sharp increase in the number of people subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance of their t...

Dan Froomkin

Group Pushing For More Information On Government Surveillance Of Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bush-era warrantless surveillance procedures continued by President Barack Obama remain so secret that neither the public nor members of...

Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

For all of its good intentions in 1978, FISA has since been thrust into dangerous, uncharted territory, morphing into a vehicle of unintended consequences.

"Big Brother" is Really Watching You -- GPS Surveillance in the Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 01.07.2012 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

In United States v. Jones, the Supreme Court will decide whether the secret installation by police of a GPS device to the defendant's vehicle and monitoring his movements every day for four weeks is a "search" that requires a warrant.

Dan Froomkin

Dick Cheney Book Tour: 11 Questions Reporters Should Be Asking

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney has spent his career not revealing himself, and in his new memoir and the ensuing PR blitz, he appears to be staying largely in character....

Fighting for Our Privacy Rights, Against the FBI's New Powers

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Under new rules, agents wouldn't have to show any "factual basis" of evidence to undertake surveillance. That's not how we do things in Montana or anywhere else in America.

NYT's Keller Disparages Assange

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

How unseemly for New York Times executive editor Bill Keller to look down so disdainfully at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a nasty ad hominem portrayal in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

By ensuring that we never get lost, never lose our loved ones and never lose our wireless signals, we are also making it possible for the government to never lose sight of us, as well.