For years, the police could arrest you for almost nothing as an excuse to search your device without a warrant.
The White House would stop NSA’s phone dragnet, but leave the power behind it intact. An unlikely Republican’s bill does better.
The president’s proposals are a decent first step toward real change, but the surveillance state’s underlying powers can only be changed by Congress.
At a hearing Tuesday, the president’s review board said their changes to domestic surveillance aren’t drastic. No wonder: their boss is going to reject the ones with teeth.
When tech companies wouldn’t cooperate on surveillance, the spies bugged and hacked them like everyone else. Maybe now they’ll fight for privacy.
A series of court rulings will determine if Americans enjoy any meaningful constitutional protection against government monitoring in the information age.