Patriot Act

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ACLU Goes To Court To Halt NSA Surveillance Programs

The U.S. government’s interpretation of its authority under the Patriot Act is so broad that it could justify mass collection of financial, health and even library records of innocent Americans without their knowledge, a civil liberties lawyer warned Friday at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging a federal phone-tracking program.

11/24/2013

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec. 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-Terror Lawmaker Wants To Scale Back Laws He Championed Due To NSA Overreach

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics.

10/29/2013

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DOJ Declassifying Portions Of Secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinions

The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government’s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act.

09/05/2013

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress Wednesday that roughly 70 percent of the intelligence workforce — including staff from the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency — have been furloughed. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Only 11 Percent Say NSA Now Less Likely To Monitor Americans’ Phone Calls

Despite President Barack Obama’s vow for greater “transparency” and tighter National Security Agency restrictions, only 11 percent of American voters think the government is now less likely to monitor their private phone calls.

08/13/2013

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ data violates constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

ACLU Files Suit Against NSA, Patriot Act Phone Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ data violates constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.

06/11/2013

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee says the top secret court order for telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Feinstein: Feds’ Secret Seizure Of Telephone Records Part Of Ongoing Practice

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee says the top secret court order for telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice.

06/06/2013

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