Rep. Amash Skips House Recess to Make Sure Speaker Boehner Does Not Extend PATRIOT Act

With the USA PATRIOT Act’s bulk data collection authority set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action and most of Congress away for recess, civil libertarian Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) is remaining in town to attend the House of Representatives’ pro forma sessions to prevent Speaker John Boehner from taking advantage […]

Rand Paul's patriotic act

Jack Hunter Rare.us 5/23/2015

After Rand Paul’s ten hour long filibuster against a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act Wednesday, the New York Times editorialized (emphasis added):

He may have annoyed Senate colleagues by seizing the floor for a marathon monologue on Wednesday, but Senator Rand Paul did Americans a singular service by forcing attention […]

Mitch McConnell wants to re-up the Patriot Act for another five years

Bonnie Kristian Rare.us 4/23/2015

You may have heard that key provisions of the deceptively named PATRIOT Act—the law passed in the wake of 9/11 which gave the government massive new legal authority to invade our privacy and ignore the Fourth Amendment—are set to expire in June.

Most notable among what will expire is Section 215:

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John Oliver Interviews Edward Snowden About NSA’s Explicit Photos Scandal

Barry Donegan BenSwann.com 4/6/2015

On last night’s episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Edward Snowden faced tough questions about the way in which he blew the whistle on the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance of American citizens and discussed the lesser-known fact that NSA agents have access to explicit photos stored on […]