It may well be that legal limits on the government's investigatory powers are interfering with efforts to deal with genuine security threats. But if that's so, government agents themselves are at least in part to blame, because it's their historical overuse of "emergency" powers that necessitates the imposition of such limits.
When asked about Paul's actions, McCarthy said letting the Patriot Act provisions expire worried him. The Senate's delay
Specifically, critics of the current bill note that it does not prohibit the NSA from conducting “backdoor searches,” warrantless
“I certainly think we ought to allow a vote on the House-passed bill. If there are not enough votes to pass that, then we
But there's not much love for the military in Silicon Valley. Quiet battles between Washington, technology companies and
A House Judiciary Committee aide said Wednesday that a proposal from that panel is pending, but remains a work in progress
The federal government this week announced a reform to an investigative tool that gives the FBI sweeping surveillance power
"It has been some time since the Snowden relations, and frankly the rest of the world is watching the U.S. on this issue
The USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA's controversial domestic call tracking program, died in the Senate earlier
"I'm watching the will of the people be subverted. Our representative democracy has been short-circuited with this omnibus
Leahy pleaded with those who had concerns about the bill to allow it to proceed past Tuesday’s cloture vote and try to fix
"It is imperative that we stand together protecting the Bill of Rights," said Cruz. Paul's objection to the bill helped ensure
“If our aim is to degrade and destroy [the Islamic State], as the president has said, then that’s going to require smart
Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act, a procedural move that means the legislation intended
For the more suspicious civil liberties groups, the mere fact that Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder support the bill
The amendment also aims to block the NSA and CIA from forcing software and hardware providers to insert back doors into their
The November hearing was hardly confrontational. But it was a step forward for a country that has generally reacted to the
The House passed a gutted version of an NSA reform bill on Thursday, shifting the dimming hopes for change this year to the Senate.
Support from House leadership and key liberal Democrats like Reps. John Conyers (Mich.) and Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) assured
A key House committee close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gutted crucial provisions of a National Security Agency surveillance reform bill on Tuesday. The move dismayed civil liberties advocates, some of whom immediately withdrew their support ahead of a Thursday floor vote.