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US House approves bill to eliminate phone data collection
May 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the mea....... [more]

Obama calls for elimination of phone data collection
May 13, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize th....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]

Federal appeals court questions NSA surveillance efforts
September 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. The lawsuit was brought by t....... [more]

US privacy board finds NSA phone surveillance program illegal
January 23, 2014
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent agency created by Congress to protect American privacy under anti-terrorism laws, issued a report on Thursday calling the NSA's metadata program illegal and saying that it should be ended. In a 3-2 vote, the five-member board....... [more]

US judge orders review of secret opinions regarding NSA surveillance
September 14, 2013
A judge for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Friday ordered the review of FISC opinions to identify which are subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosure. The order comes in response to a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) directly to FISC requ....... [more]

Documents: NSA use of phone database routinely violated court rules
September 11, 2013
Documents declassified on Tuesday reveal that, between 2006 and 2009, the National Security Agency (NSA) violated court rules with most of its queries of a phone database. These documents were declassified as a result of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) under the Freedo....... [more]

The Patriot Act and Civil Liberties
July 20, 2013
Under the auspices of combating terror, the Bush administration took many steps following 9/11 that according to some have curtailed civil rights. Chief among these was the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which was signed by Bush on October 26, 2001. The original legislation contained 10 tit....... [more]

ACLU challenged Patriot Act provision barring Muslim scholar from US
January 25, 2013
On January 25, 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the US government for denying Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan entry into the US under the Patriot Act's ideological exclusion provision. Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood's founder Hassan al-Banna....... [more]

US House voted to extend the Patriot Act
July 21, 2012
On July 21, 2005, the US House of Representatives voted to extend the Patriot Act, a law used to combat terrorism in the US. The measure was approved 257-171 with 43 Democrats joining 214 Republicans in voting to extend key provisions of the Act that were set to expire at the end of the year. The ma....... [more]

Patriot Act extended through 2015
May 26, 2012
On May 26, 2011, US President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act minutes before it was set to expire. The US Senate had passed the bill 72-23, and the US House of Representatives passed it shortly thereafter by a vote of 250-153. Controversial programs renewed included prov....... [more]


    USA Patriot Act [US House Jud. Comm.]

    Patriot Act [US Rep. J. Conyers]

    USA PATRIOT Act [Wikipedia]

    Patriot Act [Heritage Foundation]

    America Safe and Free [ACLU]