WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday blocked legislation to renew the Patriot Act, delivering a dramatic rebuff to President Bush that reflected rising concern over his treatment of civil liberties and privacy rights in the war on terrorism.
President Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001.
President Bush said that senators who are blocking renewal of the terrorism-fighting Patriot Act are acting irresponsibly and standing in the way of protecting the country from attack.
During the confirmation hearings of John Bolton as the US representative to the UN, it came to light that the NSA had freely revealed intercepted conversations of US citizens to Bolton while he served at the State Department
A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book" from the library.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter put the Bush administration on notice that his panel would hold hearings into a report that the NSA eavesdropped without warrants on people inside the US.
President Bush acknowledged that he had secretly authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on international communications of Americans and other domestic residents with known links to al Qaeda. Bush added that members of Congress had been notified of it more
"The president has authorized NSA to fully use its resources consistent with US law and the Constitution to defend the US and its citizens," the official said, adding that congressional leaders have also been briefed more than a dozen ti
He was a minority of one four years ago, now add more than two dozen senators to Feingold's side, including the leaders of his party and some of the chamber's most conservative Republicans, and the balance of power shifts.
A group of U.S. senators, demanding increased protection of civil liberties, defied President George W. Bush on Friday by blocking renewal of the USA Patriot Act, a centerpiece of his war on terrorism. "God forbid that there be a terrorist attac
THE Pentagon has confirmed it will go ahead with plans to prosecute accused Australian terrorist David Hicks by military commission for "violations of the law of war" at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
In the 3-1/2 years since his arrest the government has repeatedly asserted unilateral power in a way that has undercut Mr. Padilla's ability to defend himself, and to help insulate government actions from the scrutiny of the courts
Sarah Zapolsky was checking in for a flight to Italy when she discovered her 9-month-old son's name was on the US' "no-fly" list of suspected terrorists. Was initially amused by the mix-up. "But when I found out you can't a
Rumsfeld decided against any prohibition on the use of evidence extracted through torture – concluding that this should be left up to the finders of fact, who should be free to consider anything for “probative value.”
In the days after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the U.S. government used a spy satellite to gather intelligence on a white separatist compound in Oklahoma. "Satellite assets have been tasked to provide intelligence concerning the compound,**QQ
The compromise version of the Patriot Act to which House and Senate conferees agreed last week and for which the House voted is an unforgivable assault on basic American values and core constitutional liberties.
Months after Sept. 11, President Bush secretly authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the US to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying
Some politicians will say something obligatory about Bill of Rights Day and the cherished freedoms and liberties of America's heritage, and perhaps about how the troops fighting in the foreign war du jour are fighting for those very freedo
Just two days into an experimental program that would place undercover air marshals in train, bus, ferry and other mass transit stations, the Transportation Security Administration said its test has been scaled back, owing to confusion over the rollo
"There is no other agency that I am aware of where the agency is totally exempt either from FOIA or FACA," said Pete Weitzel, coordinator of the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government. "That is a cause for major concern and shoul
What do mandatory drug testing, cigarette taxes and methamphetamine restrictions have to do with protecting America from terrorists? As far as I can tell, the answer is "nothing." But they nevertheless appear in a 219-page proposed law to r
Groups opposing the provision say the public access to the records recently brought to light unclassified DIA files that included photographs of prisoner abuses in Iraq and alleged criminal misconduct by agency employees.
Renewal of the anti-terrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act was approved overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives today, but the measure's prospects in the Senate remained uncertain.
Offered to help the United States. Instead, Turkistani was taken to a US military base in Afghanistan, where he was stripped, bound and thrown behind bars. Then strapped him into an airplane, fitted him with dark goggles and sent him to the U.S. dete
To some, the Pentagon's current efforts recall the Vietnam War era, when defense officials spied on anti-war groups and peace activists. Congressional hearings in the 1970s subsequently led to strict limits on the kinds of information that the mi
The law renewing the USA PATRIOT Act will create a new official in the Justice Department responsible for domestic intelligence-gathering. Section 506 of the law, which is currently before Congress, establishes a National Security Division within
An unusual coalition of lawmakers and activists opposed to parts of the USA Patriot Act is mounting a last push to persuade Congress to take more time before voting to extend some of the law's most controversial provisions.
Teams of undercover air marshals and uniformed law enforcement officers will fan out to bus and train stations, ferries, and mass transit facilities across the country this week in a new test program to conduct surveillance and "counter potentia
Chinese officials have barred most newspapers outside of the immediate region of the incident to report on it, to banning place names and other keywords associated with the event from major Internet search engines, such as Google, to prevent news of
While the federal government and the military would take the lead on managing quarantines, the chiefs' group says local police face a "monumental challenge" because of a lack of basic information.