Modest reform of the Patriot Act was the first and only legislative response by Congress to the wide-ranging revelations from Edward Snowden in 2013. Reforming FISA data collection would be the second.
The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations...
On Sunday, those who represent us must either vote for Big Brother or vote for the Bill of Rights. They can't have it both ways.
The only public information we have suggests the government has either not used, or has misused, the expiring provisions.
Is a party that purports to favor constitutional conservatism and limited government going to ratify mass surveillance that makes a mockery of the Fourth Amendment?
Officials at the very top of the NSA have enough free time, while holding high-pressure national-security jobs, to invest in surveillance companies, develop multiple patents, and operate multiple side-businesses? Really?
"This is the longest continuous period of war in American history. At some point, people should begin to think: what are the consequences of that?”
It’s pretty telling that the government considers Constitutionally mandated court oversight of surveillance as “judicial interference”, isn’t it?
The question Mr. Williams and his guests should have been discussing is whether former NSA head Keith Alexander is a criminal and traitor.
No consideration of revamping the current programs would be happening without the public outrage that followed the disclosure of the program Snowden.