History has shown that each time the executive branch expands its power in the name of national security, liberty is diminished. The U.S. needs a better balance between constitutional rights and the fight against terrorism
The laws used to prosecute leakers and whistleblowers have not kept pace with the complex reality of disclosure. How do we protect national security while preserving the transparency necessary for self-government?
In addition to the privacy and civil-liberties concerns surrounded the recent NSA surveillance program leak, there’s another major problem — this kind of dragnet-style data capture simply doesn’t keep us safe.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the government to collect data as long as that data is “relevant” to a terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation. Recent news that the government has spied on millions of Americans brings into questions how this law is being used.
You might think the government would be satisfied that Bradley Manning has entered a guilty plea that could put him away for 20 years. Instead, in the court martial that began Monday, prosecutors are reaching for more.
The Brennan Center for Justice, along with 30 additional organizations, sent the following letter to President Obama urging him to establish a steering committee to help rein in the government’s systemic overclassification of information.
Although constitutional protections have been codified into specific rules for the NYPD, we have little assurance they are being followed. An inspector general could help the police ease these concerns and hew closer to constitutional requirements in their efforts to keep the city safe.