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Dustin Volz

Dustin Volz Dustin Volz is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. His work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Arizona Republic. Dustin is a graduate of Arizona State University and a publisher of Downtown Devil, a hyper-local news site serving the downtown Phoenix community. Before arriving at National Journal, Dustin spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Indonesia through a Fulbright scholarship.
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What Is Rand Paul's NSA Endgame?

May 27, 2015 Rand Paul is the greatest threat since Edward Snowden to the National Security Agency's mass-surveillance regime. Unless he is its best friend. The Kentucky senator and GOP presidential candidate has succeeded so far in thwarting attempts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, ...

The Future of the Patriot Act Depends on the Votes of These 10 Senators

May 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten senators have the future of the Patriot Act in their hands. They will be the ones who can make or break any deal on whether or not to reauthorize or reform the National Security Agency's bulk spying programs—or to continue down a path to letting the Patriot Act Section ...

Obama Administration: 'Ambitions' of Individuals 'Have to Come Second to National Security'

May 26, 2015 An exasperated White House on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on the Senate to pass surveillance-reform legislation before intelligence tools considered crucial to national security expire at the end of the month—while appearing to throw a direct barb at Sen. Rand Paul for gumming up the process. Though he didn't call ...

Exasperated White House Pushes Senate To Pass Surveillance Reform Bill

May 26, 2015 An exasperated White House on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on the Senate to pass surveillance-reform legislation before intelligence tools considered crucial to national security expire at the end of the month—while appearing to throw a direct barb at Sen. Rand Paul for gumming up the process. Though he didn't call ...

What Would Happen if Patriot Act Section 215 Expires

May 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Capitol Hill Patriot Act standoff continues, and absent a deal, the National Security Agency's domestic phone-spying dragnet revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will expire June 1. But other tools the intelligence community says are critical to preserving national security are hanging in the balance, too. So what ...

Obama Admin: Senate Needs to Pass NSA Reform Now to Avoid National Security 'Uncertainty'

May 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior Obama administration officials made a last-second push Thursday for the Senate to immediately pass a surveillance-reform bill in order to avoid imperiling "critical" national security tools due to expire at the end of the month. The officials, taking their plea directly to reporters, said the Senate must end its ...

What Happens if Patriot Act Section 215 Expires?

May 22, 2015 The Capitol Hill Patriot Act standoff continues, and absent a deal, the National Security Agency's domestic phone-spying dragnet revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will expire June 1. But other tools the intelligence community says are critical to preserving national security are hanging in the balance, too. So what ...

White House: Senate Needs to Pass NSA Reform to Avoid National Security 'Uncertainty'

May 22, 2015 Senior Obama administration officials made a last-second push Thursday for the Senate to immediately pass a surveillance-reform bill in order to avoid imperiling "critical" national security tools due to expire at the end of the month. The officials, taking their plea directly to reporters, said the Senate must end its ...

Justice Department Memo: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week

May 20, 2015 The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday ...

NSA Domestic Spying Will Start Stopping This Week

May 20, 2015 The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday ...