Today, the Brennan Center sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act for records pertaining to an inter-agency initiative known as “Countering Violent Extremism."
Electronic communications are the modern equivalent of private papers, which the government cannot simply sweep up en masse. The outcome of this case will likely have tremendous implications for privacy rights in the digital age.
A coalition of privacy groups from across the ideological spectrum urged the Director of National Intelligence to disclose how many Americans the NSA is spying on under a law targeting foreigners overseas.
This misguided proposal will do little to reduce terrorism. It could harm national security efforts by directing resources based on unscientific theories and alienating the very communities who law enforcement relies on in combating terrorism.