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NSA Surveillance Provision Expiration Is All Theater

Until a few years ago, concerns over government surveillance were generally limited to conspiracy theories, technology organizations, and limited-government libertarians (these groups sometimes overlapping). It wasn’t a major mainstream concern. The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden changed everything. It wasn’t just the paranoid delusions of conspiracy theorists anymore. It wasn’t just excessive caution by concerned libertarians, and it wasn’t just technology organizations arguing extreme hypotheticals. It was fact. After Snowden’s numerous revelations dropped, there was a widespread push for reform. Some people were shocked by the revelations, others were largely unsurprised. If there is one thing… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul Threatens To Filibuster To Stop Big Brother Reauthorization Bill

Amidst the political chaos and confusion, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has not lost sight of what is important. He is threatening to filibuster over the possible reauthorization of federal surveillance powers he feels are illegal and unconstitutional. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) permits the U.S. deep state to perform covert surveillance of non-U.S. persons of interest who are not residing within the country. Much to the chagrin of Paul and other civil libertarians, Section 702 was reauthorized in 2012 with no changes occurring to the FISA Amendments Act. “We’ll do anything we can to try and… Keep Reading

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