January 23, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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... ...[read more]
September 14, 2013
by Julie Deisher
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 ...[read more]
September 11, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
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 ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
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 ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
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- ...[read more]
July 21, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
May 26, 2012
by Cody Harding
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 ...[read more]
February 17, 2012
by Cody Harding
On February 17, 2011, the US House of Representatives voted 279-143 to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act through May 27, 2011. A similar extension had been approved by the Senate the previous day. Passed in 2001 after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Act was set to ...[read more]
February 8, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 8, 2011, a bill renewing three provisions of the USA Patriot Act failed to secure the two-thirds majority in the US House of Representatives required to renew the Act. The expiring provisions allow roving surveillance, compel production of business records and "other tangible things" ...[read more]
October 27, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On October 27, 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) withdrew their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patriot Act after Congress amended the contested provision as part of the law's extension in 2006. The ACLU had argued that Section 215, which allowed federal agents to ...[read more]

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