FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) is introducing the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 to revise the PATRIOT and FISA Acts by assuring that any US citizens that are targeted for surveillance are engaging in or communicating with terrorists.

Senator Leahy said that: “As Americans we have the right to know what our government does and why…The comprehensive legislation I’m introducing today will not only improve the privacy protections and accountability provisions associated with these authorities, it’s going to strengthen oversight and transparency.”

The move is an attempt to empower the courts, protect innocent Americans from intrusion and take away any broad sweeping domestic intelligence gatherings like those leaked classified FISA court orders.

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The Snowden Travelogue

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Edward Snowden’s travels are not helping his case to appear as a hero to the American people. As many pointed out, portraying an image as champion to rights for privacy is contradicted by the destinations—China’s Special Administrated Region, Hong Kong, or Moscow—neither of which offer free speech and both of which are foreign nations that are suspected in obtaining information from him about the NSA and other intelligence programs.

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U.S. Stations Troops in Jordan

By William Tucker

The U.S. has decided to keep 900 troops in Jordan for added security due to the situation in the region. Violence in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq has undermined regional security throughout the Middle East and Jordan fears that it won’t remain immune much longer. Though some have speculated that the troop presence is a precursor to some form of direct intervention in the Syrian civil war, that doesn’t seem to be the case The mix of troops in Jordan would be sufficient for a very limited no-fly zone, however President Obama has expressed a continuing hesitance and skepticism about such a move.

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Obama Hit by Snowden Setbacks with China, Russia

Julie Pace, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with Russia.

Indeed, Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday called U.S.

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China defends its Handling of Edward Snowden Case

Julie Makinen, The Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

BEIJING — Hitting back at Washington over the Edward Snowden case, China said Tuesday that Hong Kong had handled the matter lawfully, and it rejected U.S. suggestions that mainland officials had improperly intervened to allow him to flee to Moscow.

“The accusations against the Chinese government are groundless,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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