And this time there's "much less public scrutiny," writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.
The secrecy surrounding police use of these "anti-terrorism" devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has introduced a bill aimed at controlling the use of a surveillance tool that is disguised as a cellphone tower in order to extract metadata.
"Go dark against data retention," consumer advocates tell users in a new campaign against invasive surveillance laws.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, the NSA’s dump of metadata collected over the last five years, and why the illegal killing of Cecil the lion has outraged so many when so much awfulness abounds.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
The efforts to reform the way the U.S. government gathers intelligence indicate that the whistleblower's disclosures "have had the impact that motivated him,” writes Ronald Goldfarb, who served in the Justice Department of the Kennedy administration, at Time magazine.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a federal appeals court’s ruling that bulk metadata collection is illegal. Also, Hillary Clinton gets aggressive on innovation, and a New York Times article about nail salons has everyone talking.
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the mass collection of telephone metadata unlawful in a landmark decision that provides a foothold for a full legal challenge to the National Security Agency.
Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.