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When people are forced to choose between protecting their safety and guarding their civil rights, almost everyone picks safety. After all, what good are rights if you’re injured or dead? Read more»

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Read more»

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. Read more»

What is the extent of the information Edward Snowden has leaked? We break it down. Read more»

In the months following the October 2001, passage of the Patriot Act, there was a heated public debate about the very provision of the law that we now know the government is using to vacuum up phone records of American citizens on a massive scale. Instead, the debate centered on something else: library records. Read more»

Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know. Read more»

Interviews with Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone, Tucson Hispanic Chamber President Lea Marquez Peterson, and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Read more»