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Representatives Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner to offer reform proposals to the USA PATRIOT Act

The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) held a closed hearing on the morning of September 18th to hear from senior intelligence officials. Reports about the hearing indicate that current HJC Chairperson, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is “convinced that further protections are necessary;”

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29 Additional Groups Stand for Privacy

This week, 29 additional organizations joined a national coalition demanding Congress initiate a full-scale investigation into the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The civil liberties coalition sent an open letter to Congress calling for a congressional investigative committee. The letter

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ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in

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USA PATRIOT Act Revisited

New revelations of government surveillance programs are raising questions in the civil liberties community about ways to improve the balance between individual privacy rights and terrorism prevention. Library advocates are encouraged to participate in the “WE TOLD YOU SO…Proven Use

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Reforming National Surveillance Laws

Last week, reports appeared regarding the U.S. government’s program PRISM that obtains the internet records from nine U.S. companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. This followed the earlier disturbing revelation on June 5th that the

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