House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

Not only would this prevent the House of Representatives from voting on the popular Wyden-Daines amendment which would force the government to obtain a warrant before spying on people’s Internet activity, but it would also prevent the House from ratifying the Lee-Leahy amendment which has been passed by the Senate to protect journalists, political candidates, and religious groups from government surveillance.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

If the law passes and the Patriot Act grants the FBI warrantless access to the internet history of Americans, the best way to protect your internet history is with a VPN.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

The NSA’s telephone record program, conducted under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allows it to collect metadata of phone calls, including phone numbers, time stamps, and other identifying information.

Facebook taps lawyer who helped write Patriot Act as new general counsel

Facebook taps lawyer who helped write Patriot Act as new general counsel

In a press release from 2002, Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh said of Newstead, "Her enhanced leadership duties and her excellent service on a range of issues — including helping craft the new U.S.A. Patriot Act to protect the United States against terror — have earned her this important distinction.

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release Monday afternoon.

Why an internet regulator is a bad idea

Why an internet regulator is a bad idea

Like Ofcom, the Lords committee rejects the idea that the internet is different from other media. The Lords committee report suggests that the spread of restrictions on free speech from one medium to another is both inevitable and desirable.

“Human Trafficking” Bill Allows More Government Spying on Americans

“Human Trafficking” Bill Allows More Government Spying on Americans

“H.R. 6729 [the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018] is a disguised effort to expand the Patriot Act,” U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Saturday, asserting that the bill is really intended to “conceal the bill’s true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant.”