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Government Secrecy

Government Secrecy

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Almost two years after the whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the Guardian that the Patriot Act was secretly being used to justify the collection of phone records from millions of Americans, critics of bulk surveillance went further than expected and forced the end of a range of other legal authorities covered by the Bush era Patriot Act as well.

The expired provisions, subject to a "sunset" clause from the beginning of June, are likely to be replaced later this week with new legislation-the USA Freedom Act-which permanently bans the NSA from collecting telephone records in bulk.

In the south Garda secrecy delays the release of information on the Kingsmills massacre while in the north the DUP version of Sarah's Act which allows parants of children contacted by adults, to gain access to any record of paedophilia by that adult, moves towards completion.



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