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3:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Surveillance Bill Wins Indiana House Approval


The Indiana House has approved a bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and cell phone searches.

The measure easily won passage today by a vote of 85-11.

The legislation comes amid growing concern over the National Security Agency's access to citizens' phone and Internet records.

Under House Bill 1009, law enforcement agencies would first have to obtain court orders before using technology such as unmanned aircraft, real-time tracking devices or requesting passwords for electronic data.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Proposal to Restrict Electronic Surveillance by Police Advances in Indiana Legislature


An Indiana House committee has endorsed a proposal aimed at regulating police use of drones, GPS trackers and other electronic surveillance equipment.

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Koch generally would require police to obtain search warrants or otherwise justify electronic surveillance methods, including unmanned aircraft.

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7:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Hails Federal Judge for Protecting Fourth Amendment Rights Against NSA

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is praising a federal judge for ruling against the National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records.

In a blistering 68-page decision, Judge Richard Leon shot down much of the intelligence agency's chief arguments to gather large swaths of telecommunications data.

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8:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for More Accountablity at NSA

Despite objections from the Obama administration, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth joined a bipartisan effort to limit the Nation Security Agency's ability to gather Americans telephone records.

The House ultimately rejected the amendment co-sponsored by Republican Justin Amash and Democrat John Conyers in a 205-217 vote, but this could be just the beginning of legislative attempts to curtail the intelligence agency.

Since agency contract employee Edward Snowden leaked details of a massive data collection program, the NSA has been criticized by libertarian-leaning conservatives and liberals for some time.

Appearing on MSNBC, Yarmuth says he isn't pleased with how the information came to light, but says there is considerable concern among lawmakers regarding privacy rights.


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Local News
9:56 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Louisville Protesters to Ask U.S. to 'Restore the Fourth'

A group plans to protest at noon Thursday at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville against the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs.

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12:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Outraged Over NSA Collecting U.S. Citizen's Phone Records

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

In a blistering statement, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says President Obama has "sunk to a new low" after reports the National Security Agency has collected millions of U.S. citizen's telephone records.

A story in The Guardian revealed the practice and shows a court order requiring Verizon to provide the NSA with information about calls in its system on an "ongoing, daily basis" from inside county as well as between U.S. customers and people in foreign countries.

The White House is defending the practice as a tool to combat terrorism, but civil liberties advocates say the practice is similar to NSA overreach under President George W. Bush in 2006.

Paul says the president is abusing his executive power, but that the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to put Fourth Amendment protections in the post-9/11 surveillance laws.

From Paul's office:

The National Security Agency's seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon's phone customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution. After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters' phone records, it would appear that this administration has now sunk to a new low.

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