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Leahy Denounces Alarmists Over Latest OPM Cyberattack

June 5, 2015 News of yet another massive hack has been met with yet another urgent push from lawmakers and the Obama administration to pass legislation that would increase the sharing of digital data between the private sector and the government. But privacy-minded lawmakers appear unswayed by the cyber intrusion announced by the...

Snowden’s NSA Revelations: Two Years Later

June 5, 2015 You can call him "Eric" all you want, but Edward Snowden is not going away. On the two-year anniversary of when his leaks detailing secret spy operations at the National Security Agency first emerged, landing like a thunderclap around the world, the former intelligence contractor appears more confident than ever...

Obama Admin Seeks Revival of Lapsed NSA Spying Program

June 4, 2015 Just one day after President Obama signed a comprehensive surveillance-reform bill into law, the administration already is seeking the legal means to revive the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records. An administration official confirmed Wednesday the process to renew the program—which lapsed this week after the expiration...

The War Over NSA Spying Is Just Beginning

June 3, 2015 Now that Congress has passed the USA Freedom Act, a surveillance overhaul bill that will shutter the National Security Agency's bulk gathering of U.S. call data—and doing so while shutting down attempts from the Senate Majority Mitch McConnell to weaken it—reform-minded legislators are emboldened. But while reformers hope Tuesday's victory...

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The War Over NSA Spying is Just Beginning

June 3, 2015 Now that Congress has passed the USA Freedom Act, a surveillance overhaul bill that will shutter the National Security Agency's bulk gathering of U.S. call data—and doing so while shutting down attempts from the Senate Majority Mitch McConnell to weaken it—reform-minded legislators are emboldened. But while reformers hope Tuesday's victory...

Senate Passes Major NSA Reform Bill

June 3, 2015 After weeks of tense standoffs marked by the lapse of parts of the Patriot Act, the Senate on Tuesday easily passed comprehensive surveillance reform, ending a chapter of high-stakes brinkmanship on Capitol Hill that eventually concluded with lawmakers taking their first significant step away from the post-9/11 national security policies...

Senate Passes NSA Reform Bill

June 2, 2015 Rand Paul's stand against the National Security Agency is finally winding down—and Mitch McConnell failed to convince his caucus to support him on a last-ditch effort to eke out even a small victory in a battle over government surveillance that has consumed Capitol Hill for the better part of two...

Senate Advances Bill to Limit NSA Spying, Restore Patriot Act

June 2, 2015 Rand Paul's stand against the National Security Agency is finally winding down. The Senate took a major step forward Tuesday toward passing comprehensive surveillance reform and reviving the lapsed spy provisions of the Patriot Act, easily clearing a procedural hurdle that could allow the final legislation to be voted on...

Rand Paul Takes Credit for Advancing NSA Reform Bill He Opposes

June 2, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul is taking credit for advancing a bill he opposes. A day after forcing a temporary shutdown of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of America's metadata, the Kentucky Republican said Monday night that his actions actually boosted the surveillance-reform bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which...

The Patriot Act Just Expired. Here’s What Happens to NSA Surveillance

June 1, 2015 The Senate packed up Sunday evening without extending the expiring surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act, meaning that—for now, at least—the U.S. intelligence community is without tools that it says are vital to national security, including the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. call data. Thanks to the stubborn...