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The Patriot Act's Time is Up

The Senate is in gridlock – but the tide is shifting in favor of surveillance reformers.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 29, 2015

Choosing Between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights

Those who represent us must either vote for privacy and freedom or surveillance and secrecy. They can't have it both ways.

By Alex Abdo, Jenny Beth Martin
May 29, 2015

If Members of the House Believe Mass Incarceration Is a Real Problem, They Aren’t Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

A House committee wants to gut funding for a program that helps keep kids out of juvenile prison for minor offenses.

By Jennifer Bellamy
May 26, 2015

After Rand Paul’s Sort-of Filibuster, What’s Next for Surveillance Reform?

Gridlock could mean a temporary Section 215 sunset. And then the equation flips.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 21, 2015

What Congress Needs to Do Now for Real NSA Spying Reform

One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 21, 2015

It's Congress' Turn: What Meaningful Surveillance Reform Looks Like

How the USA Freedom Act can be improved in the wake of last week’s landmark surveillance ruling.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 11, 2015

The McConnell Surveillance Flip-Flop

Over 50 groups, including privacy and gun rights advocates, protest McConnell's push to give the Patriot Act five more years.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 6, 2015

Senator John McCain Is Pushing an Extreme Border-Security Bill That Tramples on the Environment

The legislation would give the Department of Homeland Security border-security powers it doesn’t even want.

By Chris Rickerd
May 5, 2015

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