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Senator Ron Wyden wants to know why IRS has ignored hedge funds’ tax-avoidance strategy

(Reuters) – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden has asked the Obama administration why the United States failed to stop a tax-avoidance strategy used by hedge funds, including John Paulson’s Paulson & Co, Bloomberg reported. Wyden asked the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service what they had done…

Former Sen. Wyden staffer: ‘Most members of Congress have not even seen the secret legal interpretations’ behind FISA

President Obama’s stated desire for an “open debate and democratic process” about the U.S. government’s surveillance activities met with open disbelief by a prominent former congressional staffer — Jennifer Hoelzer, who recently left service as deputy chief of staff to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) — after the President’s press conference…

Revealed: Secret NSA loophole allows data gathering on U.S. citizens without a warrant

Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans’ communications The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed…

Bipartisan group of senators want public answers on government surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a quarter of the Senate’s members asked the top intelligence official on Friday to release more information on the government’s bulk collection of data on Americans’ communications. Led by Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has long hinted at the broad scope of the…

Sen. Mark Kirk calls on Congress to protect digital privacy

Sen. Mark Kirk, a moderate Republican from Illinois, released a video on Thursday in support of legislation that would make it illegal to track and log the location of individual Americans without their consent. “Each American’s privacy is protected by the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures,” he said.…

Members of Congress question seizures of alleged pirate domain names

For the last several months, two Democratic members of Congress have been asking the Department of Homeland Security/ICE to clarify the policy behind its seizures of the domain names of websites that are alleged to be involved in copyright violations. According to TorrentFreak.com, they’ve finally gotten a response, but it’s…

Senator vows to reform the PATRIOT Act

A Democratic senator from Oregon said Tuesday that Congress must use the three month extension of the PATRIOT Act to amend the legislation so that it does not violate American’s civil liberties. “Americans deserve laws that strike the best possible balance between fighting terrorism ferociously and protecting the rights and…

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