A new report finds that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court no longer serves its constitutional function of providing a check on the executive branch’s ability to obtain Americans’ private communications.
On the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Church Committee, 17 former Church Committee staff members put forward key reforms to help Congress rein in intelligence abuses and repair weakened oversight structures.
The Fourth Amendment protects digital data the moment it is copied and seized by law enforcement, not just when it is searched, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed in the "Microsoft Ireland" case this week.
The Senate's report on CIA torture revealed that abuse was far more brutal that previously known, that officials lied about the program, and that the torture itself was ineffective in producing intelligence.
The Justice Department's revised guidelines on profiling by federal law enforcement include modest improvements, such as prohibiting the use of religion and national origin, but ultimately fall short of their purpose.
The Senate fell two votes short of the 60 votes needed to advance the USA Freedom Act, severely undermining any chance of a vote this Congress on surveillance reform and allowing the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records to continue.