We recently wrote about a very questionable study that argued that if the FCC does, in fact, reclassify broadband under Title II, it would lead to "$15 billion in new taxes" on your broadband bill. That number was bullshit. It conflated...Show More Summary
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been hammering the CIA over its use of torture in its interrogations at its black sites around the world during the Iraq War and had been pushing for the release of the Senate Intelligence Torture Report. By the time the report came out (earlier in December) CIA and orture defenders had all their talking points lined up. Show More Summary
Last week, Senator Ron Wyden picked apart a Wall Street Journal "op ed" by former CIA directors, attacking the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's torture program. However, with more CIA defenders coming out of the woodwork, he's done so again. Show More Summary
Senator Ron Wyden has a petition up at MoveOn.org that reads “Right now, torture is banned because of President Obama’s executive order. It’s time for Congress to pass a law banning torture, by all agencies, so that a future president can never revoke the ban.” It goes on to explain: “We live in a dangerous [...]
In the wake of the Senate torture report’s release, Senator Ron Wyden — a leading critic of torture and other national security overreach — told Chuck Todd on Sunday that he would introduce a bill next year designed to ensure that the U.S. government never tortures again. This generated almost no discussion, perhaps signaling that […]
In the wake of the CIA torture report, Senator Ron Wyden is calling for a new federal law that would permanently ban all agencies of the federal government -- particularly, the CIA -- from engaging in torture. On Meet the Press yesterday,...Show More Summary
The Holidays are almost here! Hope you got your shopping done. Here's what's on the menu today: ABC's "This Week" - Former CIA Director Michael Hayden. --- NBC's "Meet the Press" - Former Vice President Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. --- CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Show More Summary
Sen. Ron Wyden has so many knives in his back, it’s a wonder he’s still walking around upright. But as his messy tenure as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee draws to a close, Wyden (D-Ore.) remains relentlessly cheerful. “I understand how sharp the elbows are and how easy it is for negatives to get […]
On Tuesday, Senator Ron Wyden took to the Senate floor to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the use of torture as an interrogation tactic. Wyden repeatedly took the CIA to task for misleading Congress with regard to...Show More Summary
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has introduced a bill to prohibit the FBI from requiring that backdoors be installed in mobile phones and other devices so that the government can snoop on them. Wyden says in a statement, "The recent proposals from U.S. Show More Summary
It's a legislative shot across the bow of the FBI, who are demanding back-doors in phones and other devices, claiming "children will die" unless our pocket supercomputers are designed to allow untrusted parties to secretly take them over. Read the rest
The FBI had better start polishing up its "front door" pitch because Sen. Ron Wyden is pitching legislation that would prevent it from crafting its own backdoors. The Secure Data Act will prohibit Federal agencies from requiring that...Show More Summary
Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill meant to prevent federal agencies from forcing technology companies to build “backdoors” into their products. The move puts Wyden at odds with James Comey, the leader of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,...Show More Summary
Congress might really be home for the holidays. Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden told reporters today that the Senate won’t amend the House-approved bill to revive over 50 expired tax breaks for 2014 only. An up-or-down Senate vote could be held within days. Show More Summary
While the FBI thinks that all communication tools in the US should have backdoors for law enforcement, a new Senate bill has proposed the exact opposite. The Secure Data Act, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden, would prohibit government from forcing com...
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced a bill that would stymie almost any attempt by a government agency to force device manufacturers and app developers to install backdoors for surveillance…
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is trying to pass a law that would make it impossible for state agencies to force electronics manufacturers into including backdoors in their products. Read more...
Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Show More Summary
Congress is in recess through the mid-term elections. The Daily Deduction will post each Monday until then. What’s a multinational to do? Where is it to go? Senator Dick Durbin and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden seem pleased that Chicago-based AbbVie’s decided to drop its deal with Dublin-based Shire. Show More Summary
Fallout from NSA revelations is "severe and getting worse," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said.