Patriot Act

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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‘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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If This ‘Doesn’t Give You Chills I Don’t Know What Will’: McConnell Patriot Act Expansion Would Hand AG Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers

Sen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy¬†advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general’s surveillance powers under FISA. McConnell’s amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the …

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