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What Happens if Patriot Act Section 215 Expires?

May 22, 2015 The Capitol Hill Patriot Act standoff continues, and absent a deal, the National Security Agency's domestic phone-spying dragnet revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will expire June 1. But other tools the intelligence community says are critical to preserving national security are hanging in the balance, too. So what...

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White House: Senate Needs to Pass NSA Reform to Avoid National Security 'Uncertainty'

May 22, 2015 Senior Obama administration officials made a last-second push Thursday for the Senate to immediately pass a surveillance-reform bill in order to avoid imperiling "critical" national security tools due to expire at the end of the month. The officials, taking their plea directly to reporters, said the Senate must end its...

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Justice Department Memo: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week

May 20, 2015 The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday...

NSA Domestic Spying Will Start Stopping This Week

May 20, 2015 The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday...

Obama Admin: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week

May 20, 2015 The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday...

McConnell To Allow Vote On NSA Reform Bill

May 19, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday indicated he would allow a vote on the House-passed measure that could effectively end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' call records, a move that follows weeks of grandstanding against the bill. "Regardless of what the House's position may be, we...

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McConnell Will Allow Vote On NSA Reform Bill

May 19, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday indicated he would allow a vote on the House-passed measure that could effectively end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' call records, a move that follows weeks of grandstanding against the bill. "Regardless of what the House's position may be, we...

Burr Preps NSA Backup Plan as House Threatens to Leave Town

May 19, 2015 Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr is working on a "backup" plan to extend the Patriot Act's surveillance authorities before they expire at the end of the month, even as House leaders threaten to jam the Senate with their spying-reform bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday pushed the Senate...

Chris Christie: Edward Snowden Is a Criminal and NSA Fears Are 'Baloney'

May 18, 2015 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will condemn Edward Snowden as a "criminal" and charge civil libertarians with drumming up "baloney" concerns about the National Security Agency's spying practices Monday during a foreign policy speech to be delivered in New Hampshire. "Too often, the loudest voices in the debate about how...

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Chris Christie: Edward Snowden Is a Criminal and NSA Fears Are 'Baloney'

May 18, 2015 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will condemn Edward Snowden as a "criminal" and charge civil libertarians with drumming up "baloney" concerns about the National Security Agency's spying practices Monday during a foreign policy speech to be delivered in New Hampshire. "Too often, the loudest voices in the debate about how...