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Patriot Act news and analysis from The Nation
October 26, 2021
Why I Opposed the Patriot Act
Reckoning with 20 years of the surveillance state.
October 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings Took On the Powerful
The civil rights movement veteran, who was a stalwart champion of unions, challenged abusive presidents, and called out Scott Walker for lying to Congress, died Thursday at 68.
February 5, 2018
The Nunes Memo Shows Real Problems With the FBI, but Not the Ones the GOP Thinks
How FISA and the Patriot Act enable wide-ranging spying on Americans.
David K. Shipler
February 25, 2016
This Radical Librarian May Soon Run the World’s Largest Library
Dr. Carla Hayden will be the first woman and African American to fill the post—unless
Senate Republicans stand in her way.
June 29, 2015
Lincoln Chafee Adds a Proposal to the 2016 Debate: ‘Let’s Bring Edward Snowden Home’
A Democratic presidential contender raises a provocative issue. It’s time to have this debate.
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June 1, 2015
NSA Reform? No Way! Scott Walker Wants ‘Something Closer to the Patriot Act’
The Wisconsin governor positions himself as the exact opposite of Rand Paul—and privacy advocates in both parties.
May 13, 2015
An appeals court declares the NSA’s data grab illegal.
February 18, 2015
Tell Congress to Put an Expiration Date on Mass Surveillance
Key parts of the USA Patriot Act are set to expire this summer.
December 9, 2014
Torture’s Dirty Secret: It Works
When it comes to social control, nothing works quite like torture.
November 19, 2014
After Fearmongering Kills the NSA Reform Bill, What’s Next?
The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.