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With clock ticking, lawmakers have no plan for reforming NSA

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Lawmakers are nowhere close to a deal to renew provisions of the Patriot Act, with a deadline little more than two months away. They must now race to get legislation passed before the spying powers run out on June 1,

Everyone agrees that NSA reform legislation is needed. So why hasn’t it happened?

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Last year, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world with news of the extent of the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs. You might have thought that Congress would react by passing legislation to address the issue. But with Congress now on break

Obama’s Spy Chief Reverses Course, Comes Out in Favor of NSA Reform

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One of the biggest defenders of the government’s sweeping spying powers is now on board with legislation that would effectively end intelligence agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. In a letter sent this week to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman

CIA Oversight Needs Oversight

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Mark Twain once quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” In Washington, D.C., the same thing can be said for the truth; in a flash, it will change — usually with a

Silicon Valley sees hope in battle against NSA

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Tech companies and civil liberties groups are becoming more optimistic that the Senate will take major steps to rein in the National Security Agency this year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday

Intelligence security initiatives have chilling effect on federal whistleblowers, critics say

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In early April, Sen. Charles E. Grassley summoned FBI officials to his Capitol Hill office. He said he wanted them to explain how a program designed to uncover internal security threats would at the same time protect whistleblowers who wanted

Dems protest intel funding bill over NSA

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The intelligence funding bill the House overwhelmingly passed Friday would make no major reforms to some of the most controversial spying programs, which angered some Democrats. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, voted against

The NSA Wins Again. You Lose

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After nearly a year of revelations about the shocking extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts, lawmakers have finally passed legislation limiting the agency’s ability to collect information on American citizens. But if you were hoping for the kind

A Deep Dive into the House’s Version of Narrow NSA Reform: The New USA Freedom Act

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NSA reform is finally moving in Congress. Last year, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the USA Freedom Act, one of the first comprehensive bills to address multiple aspects of the NSA’s spying. The Senate version has languished

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY

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Future American historians will marvel at how long the CIA engaged in such utter unconstitutional lawlessness as the torture of its captives and drone-plane executions of alleged terrorists – including U.S. citizens – without trials, using “kill lists” provided by

The Way the NSA Uses Section 702 is Deeply Troubling. Here’s Why

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The most recent disclosure of classified NSA documents revealed that the British spy agency GCHQ sought unfettered access to NSA data collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Not only does this reveal that the two agencies have

NSA critics express ‘deep concern’ over route change for House reform bill

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  Congressional critics of the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency fear that its allies are circumventing them in the House of Representatives. The House parliamentarian, who oversees procedural matters, has determined that a new bill

Three former NSA workers accused of aiding Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to

Former NSA whistleblowers plead for chance to brief Obama on agency abuses

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A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting with him to offer “a fuller picture” of the spy agency’s systemic problems. The group

NSA Spying in Congress: Stop the Intelligence Committee and What to Watch For in Upcoming Bills

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The Senate is moving quickly on bills to reform many aspects of the NSA spying. Currently, the Judiciary Committee, which has favored privacy in the past, and the chairs of the Intelligence Committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mike Rogers,

US spy chiefs admit snooping on Americans

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President Barack Obama's national security has team acknowledged for the first time that it has the ability to read the phone records of millions of Americans while looking for just one terrorism suspect. Appearing before the Senate judiciary committee, John Inglis, the

US government declassifies court order on NSA surveillance as pressure builds

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Document suggests bulk collection of Americans' phone records is 'relevant' for terrorism investigations – but critics disagree A surveillance document declassified on Wednesday details the ability of National Security Agency algorithms and "technical personnel" to search through the NSA's vast