In a radical attack on the due-process rights of Americans that received virtually no media attention, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to give the Obama administration the unilateral power to strip you of your passport and right to travel without a trial or even criminal charges. In fact, the scheme does not even include a way to challenge your status as a non-person involuntarily trapped inside U.S. borders on orders from the secretary of state. Lawmakers, some of whom could themselves be caught in the dragnet along with myriad administration officials, praised the effort as a way to stop alleged terrorists from travelling. But critics said it was an attack on the fundamental rights of Americans, such as due-process protections, and that it must be resisted.
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey said the government should be given the key to decode encrypted data.
Our first "Freedom Index" for 2015 rates how every member of the U.S. House and Senate vorted based on the Constitution.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, congressional Democrats have introduced legislation to strike the words "husband" and "wife" from federal law.
The 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act requires social media companies to flag posts from potential terrorists, and anyone could qualify as a terrorist.