Articles by Pema Levy
- Secret Court, Congress Need Direct Access To NSA, Former NSA Analyst Says
July 25 2013 2:52 PM
Without the ability to directly oversee the NSA's activities, oversight of the spying agency is a joke, an NSA whistle-blower said Thursday.
- House Upholds Metadata Program In Close Vote
July 24 2013 9:10 PM
But opponents of the NSA's snooping program say Wednesday's vote is just the beginning.
- Key Vote To Test US Congress' Appetite For Metadata Program
July 24 2013 1:30 PM
An amendment to the defense appropriations bill would end the NSA's bulk metadata collection program.
- Southeast Water Wars: Georgia Besting Both Alabama And Florida
July 23 2013 10:48 AM
In a slow but fraught battle over water resources, an Alabama senator fights for his state -- but the bigger guy is winning.
- Data Dragnet Is Broad, Because It Has To Be: Intelligence Official
July 19 2013 1:42 PM
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has created a body of law to justify the collection of phone-call metadata on almost all Americans.
- New US Watchdog Agency - Too Soft On Transparency Enforcement?
July 19 2013 9:17 AM
A new oversight board has proposed FOIA procedures that limit access to government records -- but the rules aren't final yet.
- Democrats, Republicans Put Each Other On Trial At IRS Hearing
July 19 2013 9:09 AM
Tempers ran high at a hearing Thursday where Democrats and Republicans accused each other of mishandling the tea party scandal at the IRS.
- Dems and Reps Team Up To Oppose NSA Surveillance Programs
July 17 2013 7:02 PM
In a rare bipartisan move, House Democrats and Republicans join forces to angrily condemn U.S. intelligence operations.
- Top Republican Warns Spying Authority May Expire
July 17 2013 12:13 PM
James Sensenbrenner warned the intelligence community it could lose its spying authority if it doesn't rein in the metadata collection program.
- Congress Is Taking A Hard Look At Secret FISA Court
July 17 2013 9:36 AM
Lawmakers are considering reforming the secret court that approves government surveillance programs -- but passing legislation is another matter.
- Zimmerman Verdict Puts Gun Debate Back In Spotlight -- Or Does It?
July 15 2013 5:59 PM
Gun control groups hope that the Trayvon Martin trial will turn attention again to the gun debate. But Washington isn't getting the memo.
- Who Loves Obamacare? Con Artists, For One
July 15 2013 1:50 PM
As health care reform goes into effect, the government expects con artists to take advantage of it to sell fake insurance and steal identities.
- Is NSA Metadata Collection Constitutional? One Supreme Court Case Holds The Answer
July 15 2013 8:50 AM
A 1979 case about a Baltimore thief could ultimately determine the fate of government metadata collection.
- House GOP Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamp Money
July 11 2013 5:34 PM
After taking a political hit for a failed June bill, the House GOP passed a pared down farm bill Thursday that cut out money for food stamps.
- How A Little-Known Privacy Board Could Change NSA’s Surveillance Programs
July 11 2013 1:10 PM
The new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board could have more influence than many are currently giving it credit for.
- Battle Over Secret FISA Court Opinion To Progress, Judge Orders
July 10 2013 4:06 PM
The case will move forward after a judge told the government to either release the opinion or prepare to defend keeping it secret.
- Former FISA Court Judge: Secret US Court Needs Reform
July 09 2013 2:28 PM
A former judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says arguments before the court should no longer be one-sided.
- It's The US Farm Bill, Stupid
July 09 2013 9:30 AM
Jobs? Unemployment? Surveillance? That's not what many members of the U.S. Congress heard from constituents over the July 4 break.
- Supreme Court Unlikely To Rule On NSA Spying Anytime Soon
July 08 2013 12:05 PM
A privacy rights group is unlikely to convince the Court to halt the government's domestic phone data collection -- for now.
- What Illegal Activity Is Hidden In The Secret FISA Court Opinion?
July 03 2013 2:49 PM
The government doesn't want to release a secret court ruling on illegal NSA spying. Here are some theories on what the opinion might say.