Topic: National Legislation
We all want our children to be safer at school, but Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 threatens the civil liberties of students
Do you remember three years ago, when after a rigorous and robust debate, the US Congress voted to authorize US military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen? No? That’s because it never happened.
As Congress seeks to counter Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, lawmakers have turned for help to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, an 80-year-old law that requires agents of foreign principals to register with the Attorney General. Several bills have been introduced to strengthen enforcement of the law, which has been rarely used.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Steve Daines Seek to Rein in Warrantless Border Searches of Electronic Devices
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has the authority to look through an US person’s (i.e. citizen or lawful permanent resident) electronic devices at the border and at international airports even if they cannot cite a reason for being suspicious.A bipartisan bill proposed in Congress on Tuesday would limit these practices and strengthen the Fourth Amendment rights of US persons when they are reentering the country.
The Constitution gives Congress, not the President the power to declare war. The United States is currently engaged in escalating military operations in a number of countries, including Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Niger. None of these conflicts have been authorized by Congress. The executive branch has cited an anachronistic AUMF as a way to sidestep a congressional debate.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a terrible bill proposed by the Intelligence Committee that will not only extend Section 702’s vast surveillance powers, but also explicitly give the FBI and other law enforcement permission to sift through the data collected without a warrant.
Defending Rights & Dissent Joins 65 Groups In Calling On Congress to Stand Up to Unconstitutional War in Yemen
While we take no position on what US foreign policy should be, we support Congressional efforts to reclaim their constitutional war powers that have for far too long been usurped by the executive branch.
DRAD Joins 40 Groups to Warn Congress That Spy Bill Is Full Of Loopholes That Will Allow Continued Spying on Americans
The bill still allows the government to read emails, text messages, and other communications of Americans without a warrant.