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33 Senators Join Chorus of Voices Condemning Obama’s Family Detention Policies

The senators join 136 House members who have already urged DHS to end family detention.

By Joanne Lin
June 3, 2015

The Surveillance Tides Have Turned. But They Could Still Turn Back.

For the first time in 14 years, the NSA had one less authority to track the calls you made today.

By Neema Singh Guliani
June 1, 2015

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

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