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Three Years Later: A Primer on REAL ID

The 9/11 Commission Report highlighted the need for increased security when issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards in the United States. In response, Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004. Among other provisions, the law called for a negotiated rulemaking to create new federal standards for state driver’s licenses nationwide. Notably, the…

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Legislation Needed to Correct Widespread Errors in use of National Security Letters

In reports issued in March 2007 and March 2008, the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) found widespread errors and violations in the FBI’s use of National Security Letters to obtain bank, credit and communications records of U.S. citizens without judicial approval. CDT has called upon Congress to establish checks and balances for such government access to…

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Congress Trying to Reconcile Competing Surveillance Bills

The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed substantially different versions of legislation to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). House and Senate negotiators have been meeting in an effort to craft a compromise acceptable to both chambers. An agreement may be reached as soon as next week. 1) Congress…

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