June 15, 2013 A secret court has issued a secret opinion that says yes. We asked legal scholars to look at the law and explain whether they think the National Security Agency's data-collection program is supported by the statute.
June 11, 2013 The ACLU claims the government's surveillance violates the Constitution's guarantee of free speech, association and privacy.
June 6, 2013 In 2011, the then-assistant attorney general argued that Congress was kept well informed about the system to secretly collect information.
March 16, 2012 Democrats Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are pressing the Justice Department to reveal more about some key provisions of the Act and how it interprets them.
May 27, 2011 TOLPresident Obama's authorization of an aide back in Washington to use an autopen to affix his signature to the bill extending the Patriot Act while he's in Europe is being challenged by a Republican House member. But he seems to strong support for his actions from the Bush administration.
February 9, 2011 Boehner was philosophical about losing the vote to extend several Patriot Act provisions. And he blamed Democrats, many of whom voted for the extension last year when the House was led by Democrats. This time they refused to give Boehner the victory.
February 9, 2011 House GOP leaders had their worst loss since taking over the chamber last month with the failure of lawmakers to pass an extension of parts of the Patriot Act. Some Tea Party lawmakers joined other Republicans and many Democrats to oppose the extension.