May 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
May 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
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 ...[read more]
May 7, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
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 ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
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-Edwards
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]

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