The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A First Step Toward Reforming Mass Surveillance

On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overly broad and unConstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step.

Flawed Priorities Reflected In Updated U.S. ‘Trade Objectives’

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published its updated objectives for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including its priorities in the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter of the multilateral trade agreement. The updated language reflects the underlying, ongoing problem with the executive agency’s misplaced priorities on negotiating international trade deals.