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Congress to Introduce Last-Ditch Bill to Reform NSA Spying

12:21 PM ET Backed up against a rapidly approaching do-or-die deadline, bipartisan lawmakers are poised to introduce legislation next week that would roll back the National Security Agency's expansive surveillance powers. The legislation could land as soon as Tuesday in the House, congressional aides and privacy advocates said, who would only speak on ...

NSA Spying Is At Stake in This 'Last-Ditch' Reform Bill

11:10 AM ET Backed up against a rapidly approaching do-or-die deadline, bipartisan lawmakers are poised to introduce legislation next week that would roll back the National Security Agency's expansive surveillance powers. The legislation could land as soon as Tuesday in the House, congressional aides and privacy advocates said, who would only speak on ...

SEC Reveals It Doesn’t Use Email Snooping Power It Defends

April 16, 2015 The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission admitted Wednesday her agency has not recently used subpoenas to obtain Americans' email records from Internet services providers—a disclosure that stunned privacy advocates who have accused the agency of defending the practice to block reforms to a decades-old digital-privacy law. SEC Chairwoman ...

House Set to Move Major Cybersecurity Bill This Month

April 9, 2015 The House will take up cybersecurity legislation on the floor this month after the chamber reconvenes from its spring recess, according to an agenda from Republican leadership. A memo to members circulated Thursday by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has targeted the week of April 21 for consideration, just weeks after ...

Snowden's Leaks Forced the DEA To End Its Own Mass Surveillance Program

April 8, 2015 It has been a pretty good week for Edward Snowden. The polarizing leaker of government secrets rocketed back into public awareness, thanks to an interview with viral-hit-maker and comedian-with-a-conscience John Oliver. Then Snowden enthusiasts installed a bust of him in a Brooklyn park—which was later replaced with a hologram of ...

How 1990s DEA Surveillance Became Blueprint for NSA Spying

April 8, 2015 It has been a pretty good week for Edward Snowden. The polarizing leaker of government secrets rocketed back into public awareness, thanks to an interview with viral-hit-maker and comedian-with-a-conscience John Oliver. Then Snowden enthusiasts installed a bust of him in a Brooklyn park—which was later replaced with a hologram of ...

Lawmakers Wants Briefing on Russian Hack of White House

April 8, 2015 Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday he was not informed of the details of an apparent Russia-backed hack that infiltrated the White House's computer network last year until media reports began surfacing earlier in the day. Issa was asked during a CNN appearance by Wolf Blitzer if he was made aware ...

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Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed Justice's Mass-Surveillance Program

April 8, 2015 It has been a pretty good week for Edward Snowden. The polarizing leaker of government secrets rocketed back into public awareness, thanks to an interview with viral-hit-maker and comedian-with-a-conscience John Oliver. Then Snowden enthusiasts installed a bust of him in a Brooklyn park—which was later replaced with a hologramof his ...

Rand Paul Pledges to 'Immediately' End NSA Mass Surveillance If Elected President

April 7, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul vowed Tuesday while announcing his presidential campaign to immediately end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. "The president created this vast dragnet by executive order. And as president on day one, I will immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance," Paul, speaking before a raucous ...

The Future of NSA Reform, GOP 2016 Edition

April 6, 2015 Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are not going to just talk about government spying during their presidential campaigns. The tea party senators are going to force the other Republican White House hopefuls to talk about it, too. That's because few policy zones divide the GOP more than the National Security ...