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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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Here's How the Senate Plans to End NSA Mass Surveillance

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A powerful Democratic senator introduced a new bill Tuesday that would end the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance of Americans' phone records and force the government to be more transparent and accountable with its spying orders. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy unveiled his hotly anticipated USA Freedom Act, a measure ...

The Senate Has a New Plot to Thwart NSA Spying

July 29, 2014 More than a year after Edward Snowden's leaks ignited a furious debate over the proper scope of government surveillance, Washington may finally be ready to fundamentally redefine the National Security Agency's broad spying powers. Key senators have been working with the White House, tech companies, and privacy groups to rally ...

Senate Thinks It May Have the NSA Reform Bill Everyone Can Agree On

July 28, 2014 More than a year after Edward Snowden's leaks ignited a furious debate over the proper scope of government surveillance, Washington may finally be ready to fundamentally redefine the National Security Agency's broad spying powers. Key senators have been working with the White House, tech companies, and privacy groups to rally ...

The Senate Has a New Plot to Thwart NSA Spying

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than a year after Edward Snowden's leaks ignited a furious debate over the proper scope of government surveillance, Washington may finally be ready to fundamentally redefine the National Security Agency's broad spying powers. Key senators have been working with the White House, tech companies, and privacy groups to rally ...

Why the NSA Keeps Tracking People Even After They're Dead

July 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may be dead, but the U.S. government won't take you off its terrorist roster. That's according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government's process for determining whether an individual should be designated as a possible terrorist suspect. So broad are their ...

How Spy Agencies Plan to Solve Their Racism Problem

July 22, 2014 U.S. intelligence agencies are pledging "diversity and tolerance" reforms after leaks by Edward Snowden revealed a string of discriminatory practices and communications rife with racial, ethnic, and religious epithets. The office of the director of national intelligence says it will implement annual training on "multi-cultural understanding and sensitivity," an evaluation ...

Kerry Makes the Case Against Russia Over Downed Plane

July 20, 2014 In a full run of the Sunday morning news show gauntlet, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to push the Obama administration's developing line on Russia after last week's MH17 crash: Everything is on the table. Except troops. On Fox News Sunday, Kerry said that the investigation into the crash ...

Feinstein Says the U.S. Is at ‘Cold War Levels’ With Russia

July 20, 2014 Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Regardless of Putin's level of involvement ...

John Kerry Makes the U.S. Case Against Russia Over Downed Plane

July 20, 2014 In a full run of the Sunday morning news show gauntlet, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to push the Obama administration's developing line on Russia after last week's MH17 crash: Everything is on the table. Except troops. On Fox News Sunday, Kerry said that the investigation into the crash ...

Religious Group Demands NSA Documents in Ethnic-Slur Probe

July 18, 2014 Sikh organization is asking intelligence authorities to disclose internal communications that contain ethnic epithets. The Sikh Coalition on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Security Agency and the FBI for employee emails sent from Sept. 11, 2001, until the present that contain the slurs "raghead" ...