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Stories with subject: Government surveillance
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 2:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

  • Christie criticizes Senate's failure to extend Patriot Act 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:20 pm

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.

  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.

  • Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am

    WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.

  • Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority 
    Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.

  • 2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change story has photos
    Updated: May-21-15 2:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform.

  • For US allies, paradigm shift in intelligence collection story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 10:25 am

    PARIS - Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new technology, new laws and - in at least one case - a searing debate on how much the American government should be allowed to spy on their own citizens.

  • Rand Paul vows to filibuster to block Patriot Act story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 6:23 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul vowed on Monday to do "everything possible" to block renewal of the terrorism-era Patriot Act, but the Republican presidential hopeful conceded it may not be enough.

  • Christie call for larger military, more US intervention 
    Updated: May-18-15 3:16 pm

    PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the case Monday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government's intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform.

  • 3 EU nations pledge cooperation on developing 'Euro-drone' 
    Updated: May-18-15 10:32 am

    BRUSSELS - Germany, France and Italy have pledged cooperation to jointly develop a "Euro-drone" for intelligence-gathering and surveillance of the skies.

  • McConnell: House phone records bill could make US "go dark" 
    Updated: May-17-15 12:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says House-passed legislation effectively could cause the country to "go dark" when it comes to collecting Americans' phone records.

  • Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers 
    Updated: May-15-15 2:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

  • House Roll Call: Ending bulk collection of US phone records 
    Updated: May-13-15 6:46 pm

    The 338-88 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.

  • Top senator: Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up 
    Updated: May-13-15 11:21 am

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Utah's Lee fundraises off NSA spying 
    Updated: May-08-15 4:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee is raising money off his opposition to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

  • Austria files criminal complaint over alleged NSA snooping 
    Updated: May-05-15 2:10 pm

    VIENNA - Austria is asking for a legal investigation of allegations that the German intelligence service helped the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdrop on the country's political leaders.

  • Lawmakers approve controversial surveillance bill in France 
    Updated: May-05-15 12:01 pm

    PARIS - France's lower house of Parliament has approved a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects that has drawn an outcry from advocates of civil liberties.