The government's counterterrorism programs seem to be based on a disproven theory that there are discernible pre-terrorism indicators in everyday behavior, a theory likely to alienate Muslim communities across the U.S.
Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, may regret his filibuster on the USA Freedom Act. McConnell will now face a Republican caucus divided on how far NSA reforms should go when Congress votes on the USA Patriot Act re-authorization next year.
Commercial data brokers are collecting detailed, sometimes inaccurate, information about Americans and selling it to law-enforcement agencies with almost no oversight or regulation. The system needs to be reformed.