Tag: Justin Amash

Congress Decides This Week Whether to Shut the NSA Backdoor: Here’s How You Can Help

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The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be

The Limits of Signals Intelligence

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When scary geopolitical events happen, Americans are particularly likely to speak favorably about the national-security state. This is understandable: The national-security state encompasses a lot of hardworking men and women engaged in legitimate efforts to protect us, sometimes by putting

Congressional oversight of the NSA is a joke. I should know, I’m in Congress

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In the 1970s, Congressman Otis Pike of New York chaired a special congressional committee to investigate abuses by the American so-called "intelligence community" – the spies. After the investigation, Pike commented: It took this investigation to convince me that I

NSA critics to decry intelligence ‘lies’ at congressional hearing

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Critics of the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance programs will be provided with a platform to speak out against the spy agency on Wednesday at a congressional hearing. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) told the Guardian on Friday that a bipartisan