FISA

Patriot Action: US Senators Udall, Wyden, Paul Push for Surveillance Reform

Patriot Action: US Senators Udall, Wyden, Paul Push for Surveillance Reform
For years, Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall was a lonely critic on Capitol Hill of anti-terror surveillance laws he said were ripe for abuse. He teamed with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden to demand lawmakers redraft the Patriot Act to bolster civil-liberty protections. Those efforts got a boost in 2011 when Kentucky Republican Rand Paul joined them, and their small movement took off when NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked vast digital evidence that the abuses the senators were warning against were a reality that had to be addressed.
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Court to NSA: You Can't Hold Onto Our Data Forever

Court to NSA: You Can't Hold Onto Our Data Forever
The FISA Court has rejected the NSA's request to hold onto metadata indefinitely...but does this really mean anything?
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Chief Justice Roberts Seeks Unilateral Power to Fill Secret Court Vacancies

Chief Justice Roberts Seeks Unilateral Power to Fill Secret Court Vacancies
Supreme Court Chief Justice penned a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee petitioning them not to change his ability to unilaterally select judges for the secret FISA courts. He also wants to establish an advocate that could intervene on cases 'at will'.
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In Win for Civil Liberties Group, Feds Forced to Limit US Data Gathering

In Win for Civil Liberties Group, Feds Forced to Limit US Data Gathering
The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects.
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