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Charles McCullough Called On To Investigate The NSA

It’s a well-known fact at this point that the NSA has violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans. The Snowden leaks and official disclosures have both pointed out that the agency has violated its own rules regarding the protection of Americans’ civil rights numerous times. The big question now is whether or not these violations were intentional. The Hill reports …

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte Wants To Reign In The NSA

Whenever House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte isn’t thinking about implementing a nationwide online sales tax, he’s busy thinking about the NSA. That’s only a good thing, however, as he’s one of the lawmakers that wants to subject the agency to more Congressional oversight. The Hill reports that Goodlatte’s committee hosted a classified hearing today with senior intelligence officials. After the …

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Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free?

You probably pay a lot for Internet, but at least you don’t have to pay taxes on your service with each monthly bill. That may all change next year, and two senators want to stop that from happening. The Hill reports that Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act into the Senate on Thursday. …

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Senator Thinks Smart TVs Might Be Watching You

Smart TVs are incredibly easy to hack. In a report from last year, hackers had discovered an easy exploit in Samsung Smart TVs that allowed them to take control of the camera and spy on the owner of said TV. A similar hack has one Congressman very concerned. Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to television manufacturers earlier this week …

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Sen. Dick Durbin Wants The NSA To Reveal The Scope Of Its Phone Surveillance Program

In late July, Rep. Justin Amash proposed an amendment to the annual Defense spending bill that would prevent the NSA from targeting anybody not currently under an investigation. Unsurprisingly, the amendment was voted down. Now one Senator is trying the same thing in the Senate, but his attempt might be more successful. The Hill reports that Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman …

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Senate Wants Somebody To Argue For Your Privacy In The FISA Court

The NSA can spy on just about everything you do. The agency is able to do this thanks to the FISA Court – a secretive judicial system that approves or denies government requests to collect data. The only problem is that the government is the only one at these court hearings arguing in favor of surveillance. Three senators want to …

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Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent

How many American citizens are targeted by the NSA? It’s a question that the agency refuses to answer, and today’s leak makes it seem like the agency targets just about everyone. The NSA needs to be transparent about its domestic operations, and one senator wants to make that happen. The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken announced on Wednesday that …

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Senate Panel Thinks The Government Should Study Video Game Violence

Is there a direct correlation between violent video games and violent acts committed by young people? Most studies say no, but most also say that there is a correlation between violent video games and increased aggression. Note that aggression and violence are not one in the same, but your elected officials don’t care about semantics. The Hill reports that the …

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Senate To Grill NSA Over Surveillance Programs This Week

It’s been almost two months since Edward Snowden revealed the existence of the NSA’s spy programs to the world. Any other issue would have been swept under the rug by now, but Congress is still pursuing changes to the agency. The House had their chance last week, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. The Hill reports that the Senate Judiciary …

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Mitch McConnell Will Face Tea Party Challenger

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to be able to sail through the upcoming primary season unimpeded by any challenge from within his own party, leaving him to face off with a full war chest against likely Democrat nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes. According to Kentucky newspapers, today that hope was snuffed. Investment manager and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin …

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Senate Panel OKs Bill Against Same-Sex Job Bias

AP reports that a Senate panel has approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill had support from every one of the Democrats and three of the Republicans on the committee of 22, which indicates that it has a strong chance of passage in the Senate …

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Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill

Earlier this year, the House proved yet again that it doesn’t care about your privacy by passing CISPA. The controversial cybersecurity bill would let the government and private companies easily share information to counter cyber threats. Now the Senate has finally gotten around to drafting its own legislation, but it’s nothing like CISPA. It’s not like it matters though. The …

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