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NSA Spying Will Begin Winding Down This Week: Justice Department Memo

Dustin Volz of the National Journal has obtained a memo from the Department of Justice circulated among congressional offices today that says the NSA will need to begin taking steps to wind down the bulk telephone metadata collection program authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act by Friday, May 22nd.

The memo makes clear that the NSA collection program cannot stop at the flip of a switch, and while the NSA will "attempt to ensure that any shutdown of the prog

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McConnell Introduces 2 Month NSA Extension

Likely you've heard: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) last night introduced a bill that would reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act set to expire on June 1 for two months, giving lawmakers extra time to consider whether to approve the USA Freedom Act, a clean re-authorization of the Patriot Act's provisions, or some other formulation.

But the prospects for a short-term re-authorization seem dim.


Philip B. Heymann: An Essay on Domestic Surveillance (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new -- and timely -- paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: An Essay on Domestic Surveillance, by Philip B. Heymann, law professor at Harvard Law School and former Deputy Attorney General in the first Clinton Administration. (The paper can be found under the Special Features/Research Papers tab at the top of the Lawfare main page, where it is listed on the index of Lawfare Research Papers.

Cyber & Technology

A Few Thoughts on the Second Circuit's 215 Decision and Its Importance

From day one of the Snowden revelations, we all knew that the legal validity of the 215 program hinged ultimately on the capaciousness of a single word: "relevant." Even those of us who generally support robust signals intelligence programs also knew immediately that the legal theory underlying this program lay right at the margins, perhaps beyond the margins, of the legally tenable.

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