Posts Tagged ‘Patriot Act’
Former Wisconsin senator says legislative response to 9/11 attacks was too hasty, trampled on free speech and other liberties.
Many contend the Patriot Act still represents an abuse of government authority; others insist the concern is overblown.
Kentucky’s Rand Paul held up final Senate vote for several days while he demanded a chance to change the bill to diminish government’s ability to monitor individual actions.
Deal between Senate majority leader and House speaker calls for vote before May 27, but support for the extension is unclear.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to extend until the end of 2013 three post-Sept. 11 terror-fighting practices that have raised concerns among civil liberties groups.
At the same time, the legislation, which was approved on a 10-7, mainly party-line vote, would end in December 2013 the investigative tool known as National Security Letters [...]
Editor’s note: In this story about the Senate voting to extend anti-terrorism measures, the Associated Press reported erroneously that a “lone wolf” provision in a 2004 law permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. individuals not known to be linked to a specific terrorist activity. The law does require the government to convince a judge [...]
WASHINGTON — The House agreed yesterday to a 10-month extension of three key law enforcement powers in the fight against terrorism that some privacy advocates from both the right and left regard as infringements on civil liberties.
The House measure, H.R. 514, passed 275-144, would extend authority for the USA Patriot Act-related provisions until Dec. 8. [...]
WASHINGTON — The House yesterday failed to extend the life of three surveillance tools that are key to the nation's post-Sept. 11 anti-terror law, a slipup for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition.
The House voted 277-148 to keep the three provisions of the USA Patriot Act on the books until Dec. [...]
NEW YORK — A federal appeals court yesterday upheld the conviction of a former Navy sailor serving a 10-year prison sentence after he leaked details about ship movements to a London-based website that supported attacking Americans.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected defense arguments seeking to overturn the 2008 conviction of Hassan [...]
Editor’s note: The Associated Press reported July 27 that the U.S. State Department had reversed its decision to deny a visa to Hollman Morris. Neither Morris nor Nieman curator Robert Giles was given an explanation for the denial or the reversal.
BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. government has denied a visa to a prominent
Colombian journalist who [...]
WASHINGTON — With the 2010 population count looming, the government provided new assurances this week that information Americans fill out on their census forms will be kept confidential and not be used for law enforcement.
In a letter dated March 3 to leaders of the congressional Hispanic, Asian and Black caucuses, the Obama administration provided its [...]
Editor's note: The Associated Press reported that late on Feb. 25, the House of Representatives voted 315-97 in favor of a one-year extension of the USA Patriot Act. President Barack Obama signed the measure on Feb. 27.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have retreated from adding new privacy
protections to the nation’s primary counterterrorism law, as Republicans refused
As the 111th Congress begins its second session, a number of bills affecting
First Amendment freedoms are up for consideration by the full Senate in
S. 448 — Free Flow of Information Act: After 17 markup hearings and
much negotiation with the Obama administration, the so-called “news media
shield” bill passed its first hurdle in the Senate Judiciary Committee [...]
WASHINGTON — Defying the Obama administration, the House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to remove from the USA Patriot Act a tool for tracking non-U.S. citizens in anti-terrorism investigations.
The committee, dominated by Democratic liberals, also voted to amend the anti-terrorism law to curb the government's surveillance and records-seizure powers.
The bill went to the full House on [...]