Federal applications for a special U.S. court to authorize secret surveillance rose sharply after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the panel required changes to the requests at a even greater rate, government documents show.
The CIA's controversial "rendition" program to have terror suspects captured and questioned on foreign soil was launched under US president Bill Clinton, a former US counterterrorism agent told a German newspaper.
The Pentagon had assembled a database listing "threats" from domestic protesters, including Quakers. That revelation prompted state Sen. Joseph Dunn, investigating similar efforts by the California National Guard, to call for a state law ba
The Transportation Security Administration plans to train screeners at 40 major airports next year to pick out possible terrorists by engaging travelers in a casual conversation to detect whether a person appears nervous or evasive and needs extra sc
Defense lawyers in some of the country's biggest terrorism cases say they plan to bring legal challenges to determine whether the NSA used illegal wiretaps against several dozen Muslim men tied to Al Qaeda.
A renegade Chinese supermarket chain blew off Bay State blue laws and did a brisk business on Christmas — until Boston cops rolled up before noon to close the bustling Super 88 Market in the South Bay Center.
September 11th does not justify ignoring the Constitution by creating broad new federal police powers. The rule of law is worthless if we ignore it whenever crises occur. We cannot predict how the Patriot Act will be interpreted and used in future d
Government records show that the administration was encountering unprecedented second-guessing by the secret federal surveillance court when President Bush decided to bypass the panel and order surveillance of US-based terror suspects without the cou
The current occupants of those jobs are Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and White House counsel Harriet E. Miers. Prior to 2005, Gonzales was White House counsel and John Ashcroft was attorney general.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that it would not have been "that hard" for President Bush to obtain warrants for eavesdropping on domestic telephone and Internet activity, but that he saw "nothing wrong" with the deci
The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured when police fired a bag of lead shot at her head at an anti-war demonstration two years ago, one of at least 58 people who were injured
Media Matters presents the top 12 myths and falsehoods promoted by the media on President Bush's spying scandal on his authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on American's communications without the required approval of the FISA court.
The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
The Bush administration formally defended its domestic spying program in a letter to Congress late yesterday, saying national security outweighs the privacy of those who are monitored.
Within weeks, Mr. Yoo had begun to establish himself as a critical player in the Bush administration's legal response to the terrorist threat, and an influential advocate for the expansive claims of presidential authority that have been a hallmar
A bill awaiting Ohio Governor Taft's signature would give state law-enforcement officials sweeping powers to question, detain and arrest people, allow authorities to demand identification in a broad range of circumstances, and it asks local law e
The NSA's backdoor access to major telecommunications switches on American soil with the cooperation of major corporations represents a significant expansion of the agency's operational capability, according to current and former government o
The ACLU asked the state to reveal whether law enforcement agents were gathering information on California activists, in light of revelations that the federal government monitored a conference on Iraq at Stanford Univ. and an anti-war protest at UC S
The new national surveillance network for tracking car journeys is only the beginning of plans to monitor the movements of all British citizens. Already working on ways of automatically recognising human faces by computer introducing Orwellian stree
The standard for getting a wiretap warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is so low that only 5 out of the 19,000 applications have been denied since 1978. We even allow FISA orders to be obtained on a retroactive basis for the firs
Several Illinois gas stations are being given a choice by the state attorney general's office: donate $1,000 to the American Red Cross or risk being sued for price gouging after Hurricane Katrina. The options were spelled out in letters sent to
The House of Representatives approved a five-week extension of the USA Patriot Act this afternoon and sent it to the Senate for final approval this evening in a late flurry of action to prevent the broad antiterrorism law from expiring on Dec. 31.
Testifying before a Senate committee last April, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, then head of the NSA, emphasized how scrupulously the agency was protecting Americans from its electronic snooping. "We are, I would offer, the most aggressive agency in th
The Justice Department acknowledged, in a letter to Congress, that the president's October 2001 eavesdropping order did not comply with "the 'procedures' of" the law. FISA made it a offense to conduct electronic surveillance **Q
The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases is arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges to address their concerns about the legality of President Bush's domestic spying
Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.
President Bush asserted this week that the news media published a U.S. government leak in 1998 about Osama bin Laden's use of a satellite phone, alerting the al Qaeda leader to government monitoring and prompting him to abandon the device.
52 of the 100 senators, including 8 Republicans, signed a letter in support of a Democratic-led bid to extend the provisions for just 3 months to provide time to resolve differences in a dispute pitting civil liberties against national security in th
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his lega
Just after being named House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., was invited to the White House for what he thought would be a get-acquainted meeting.