The Brennan Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief today arguing the government should not be allowed to classify information on the basis that it could be used as "anti-American propaganda."
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 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 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.
A revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act, introduced today by Sen. Patrick Leahy, would prohibit bulk collection of Americans' business records and increase transparency and accountability in surveillance.