| May 20, 2015
| 3:49 PM
The National Security Agency will begin as early as Friday shutting down its program to collect bulk telephone records unless Congress reauthorizes or changes the controversial program by then, Justice Department officials advised Capitol Hill lawmakers...
| May 18, 2015
| 2:51 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offered a vigorous defense of post-Sept. 11 surveillance tactics on Monday, backing existing programs and calling for an expansion of intelligence-gathering capabilities even as Congress seeks ways to rein in the programs....
| May 15, 2015
| 7:00 AM
A recent Baltimore Sun editorial described legislation to reform the government's collection of Americans' phone and email data as a sign that "bipartisan cooperation in Congress is not completely dead" ("Reining in the surveillance state," May 5). We'd...
| May 5, 2015
| 9:10 AM
In a sign that the possibility of bipartisan cooperation in Congress is not completely dead, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have moved closer to a consensus on modifying the U.S. Patriot Act, which authorizes the government's secret spying program...
| May 14, 2015
| 10:20 AM
A week after a federal appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program was unconstitutional, the Obama administration is urging Congress to approve legislation that would put new limitations on the agency's power to...
| May 13, 2015
| 6:43 PM
In the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, an angry, vengeful and frightened United States made a decision it would come to regret.
As the ruins of the World Trade Center's twin towers smoldered, Congress passed the Patriot Act, sweeping...
| May 13, 2015
| 3:17 PM
The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday 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.
The 338-to-88 vote set...
| May 12, 2015
| 3:50 PM
The House is poised to pass a bipartisan bill Wednesday intended to dial back the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects and stores Americans’ telephone data and that a federal appeals court has ruled is illegal.
| May 8, 2015
| 12:37 PM
One lesson of American history is that in times of war or crisis, American presidents, lawmakers and citizens often lose their minds. Another lesson is that they eventually regain their senses. When it comes to national security in the age of terrorism,...
| May 7, 2015
| 2:41 PM
In a major vindication for Edward Snowden — and a blow for the national security policy pursued by Republicans and Democrats alike — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's metadata...
| May 7, 2015
| 4:42 PM
Key provisions of the Patriot Act, which was passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, expire at the end of this month. Congress is debating whether to renew or revise those provisions. Some members would just as soon see them dead and gone....