Violent acts are already illegal, and new tools will inevitably be used against those who annoy the powerful.
Plus: Biden won't pursue Trump's TikTok and WeChat bans, Mitt Romney's child allowance plan, and more...
Government grows in response to a crisis.
Frightening events create openings for attacks on civil liberties.
The Wyden-Daines Amendment would've prohibited warrantless monitoring of web activity, but it lost by one vote in the Senate. Will Nancy Pelosi bring it back in the House?
An effort by Sen. Rand Paul to forbid warrantless investigation of citizens was soundly defeated.
The Feds' Bulk Collection of Our Data Records Has Been Expensive and Useless. But That Doesn't Mean It's Going to Stop.
A congressional battle erupts over how much to reform the soon-to-expire USA Freedom Act—if they reform it at all.
Biden's reputation as a bipartisan dealmaker might be appealing in these polarized times, but his record as a policy maker is atrocious.
A part of the law intended to hold suspected terrorists for deportation is being twisted to justify indefinite detention.
They simply disagree over who should be in charge of misusing and abusing those excessive powers.
Plus: Sondland worked "on Ukraine matters at the express direction of" Trump, why hospital prices are so screwy, D.C. gets pushback for ditching sex work bill, and more...
Congress Will Vote Today on Continuing Resolution That Hikes Spending, Extends Patriot Act Surveillance
Rep. Justin Amash and some progressive lawmakers are trying to block it, but most Democrats seem happy to hand more spying powers to a president they are investigating for abusing his power.
The most absurd attack against the Michigan congressman involves ignoring his entire history in office.
Plus: the biggest trouble with Devin Nunes' Twitter lawsuit, the Senate fails to override Trump's Yemen veto, bad news for the gig economy, and more...
Section 215 has been used to secretly access our private data, but hasn't accomplished much.
For years, security state advocates fought to maintain the authority to snoop on your phone records. Are they really giving up?
We were told this sort of spying would only be used to stop terrorists. And yet...
Paul cited Barr's past support for warrantless surveillance. He's right to be worried.
Plus: why Gary Johnson will be good for the Senate, "toxic culture" at the TSA, the dismissal of an anti-FOSTA lawsuit, and a new economic freedom index.
The PATRIOT Act fell out of fashion-but swap "human trafficker" for "terrorist" and let the civil liberties infringements roll!
A surprise tweet to announce a thoroughly conventional new FBI director
"In Russia, the legislation is compared to the USA Patriot Act."
Gag order lifted in decades-old case fought by small Internet provider.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, a once-secret and always useless government surveillance programs draws to an end.
Debate performance illustrates that civil liberties and executive-power abuse matter mostly when Republicans run the White House
Federal court invalidates gag order extending more than a decade.
Doesn't rule on constitutionality of Patriot Act surveillance
House Passes Bill to Deny/Revoke Passports for Americans Deemed to Have 'Helped' Terrorist Organizations [UPDATED w/ even more outrage!]
No appeals, no definition of 'helped,' no due process
Intelligence Court Shrugs at Ruling Against Mass Surveillance, Temporarily Restores NSA Authority for Metadata Collection
A few more months of privacy violations permitted.
Civil liberties group has publicly called for even stronger reforms.
Power thrives in complexity, just as roaches flourish in the dark.
The NSA and kindred agencies have many more arrows in their quiver than Section 215.
The Obama administration praises death of program while requesting it to be renewed.
Weakening encryption "has a chilling effect on our First Amendment rights and undermines our country's founding principles."
The Senate majority leader tries to kill FISA Court transparency.
The intra-party fight over Patriot Act & USA Freedom Act is a sign we're finally moving past 9/11 politics.
Martin O'Malley vs. Rand Paul
Some senators, tellingly, see listening to Americans' surveillance concerns as a bad thing.
Is the expiration of Patriot Act provisions"just politics and posturing"? No, it's a sign the country is moving in the right direction.