Republican hawks and centrist Democrats joined to push through a long-term extension of the government’s online surveillance tools, despite years of demands for major changes by privacy advocates on the left an.d libertarians on the right. President Trump will sign it Friday
Members reject a bill backed by civil liberties groups that would have required federal agents to get warrants before searching through Americans’ data. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) vows to filibuster the measure, but it is likely to be enacted.
There was a 60 percent increase in searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops. The Customs and Border Protection agency issued new guidelines providing that, travelers may be asked to unlock their electronic devices for inspection or provide passcodes.
The American Civil Liberties Union contends that the continued detention is unlawful, while a federal judge says the Trump administration seemed to be claiming “unchecked power that is, quite frankly, frightening.”
The Transportation Security Administration reportedly failed up to 80 percent of screening tests, allowing fake explosives and firearms through checkpoints. The result is that this Sunday could be one of the worst days in history for air travelers, with 2.6 million screenings expected under tighter security.
The Justice Department announced the case against contractor Reality Leigh Winner, 25, about an hour after the national-security news outlet The Intercept published the apparent document, a May 5 intelligence report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wi., says he has accepted a position at the Department of Homeland Security. He will be an assistant secretary coordinating outreach to state, local and tribal officials and law enforcement.
A new report says the National Security Agency vacuumed up more than 151 million records about Americans’ phone calls last year. Before it was reined in by Congress, the agency collected potentially “billions of records per day.”
The Obama administration declined to file charges against WikiLeaks for publishing classified information. The group’s lawyer says, “WikiLeaks is a publisher, and they are publishing truthful information that is in the public’s interest.”