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Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters

An exchange about government spying powers between Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Attorney General William Barr during a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing prompted calls for an immediate explanation from the Trump administration about the legal basis for using advanced surveillance techniques on protesters nationwide. Lofgren, a California Democrat, explained in a series of tweets that …

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Congress Urged to Repeal Program That Transfers ‘Weapons of War’ to Local Police

More than 90 progressive advocacy groups are calling on Congress to repeal a decades-old Pentagon program that facilitates the transfer of surplus military equipment to local police departments, a demand that gained steam in the wake of law enforcement’s militaristic crackdown on nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. In a letter (pdf) to …

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‘No Excuse’: Senate Slammed for Reauthorizing Government Spy Powers Without Crucial Privacy Protections

The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate were lambasted by rights groups Thursday for an 80-16 vote to reauthorize sweeping government surveillance powers until December 2023 without key amendments to improve privacy protections. “It should still be unthinkable to extend these spying powers to the same agencies that have so …

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