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Update Essential Reforms to Mass Surveillance 

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill called the “USA FREEDOM Act” that purports to tackle mass surveillance—an issue that affects hundreds of millions of Americans. But the USA FREEDOM Act is not real reform. Instead of meaningfully restoring American civil liberties, it instead preserves bulk data collection and ultimately fails to end mass surveillance. Thankfully, the USA Freedom Act did not pass the Senate. If it had, it would have effectively solidified the NSA’s unconstitutional spying of Americans—again.

Letter Faith-Based Organizations Question Targeted Lethal Drones Program 

On May 15, 2015, FCNL led a group of faith-based organizations in sending President Barack Obama, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate a letter questioning the lethal use of drones.

Update WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops 

Members of Congress, who passed a budget resolution last week, claim that the budget supports our current and former service members in the military. They would point to a $24 billion per year increase in defense spending as evidence that they intend to do right by the troops. However, the details tell a very different story.

Update Spending Speaks Louder than Words 

Budgets send messages about what’s important to us. The federal budget that the Congress passed sends a strong and disappointing message about who we are as a people: “We are afraid, and we don’t take care of our own. “

Update Understanding the PATRIOT Act 

Immediately following the events of September 11th, Congress effectively re-engineered the scope of the American presidency. After handing the executive branch an unprecedented expansion of authority in the form of a new blank check for war, legislators next devised and passed a bill that allowed the U.S. government to spy on its own citizens. This was the USA PATRIOT Act.

Background The Torture Report 

Small steps are constantly being made in a long and difficult journey. We must learn from both the Torture Report and the recent Committee Against Torture review and admit responsibility. Only after acknowledging the full scope of U.S. torture can we heal and prevent these horrific mistakes from repeating themselves. 

Background The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter 

Soon after September 11, 2001 and the ensuing global war on terror, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was established.

Statement Stop Drone Strikes: Faith Groups Respond 

More than 150 religious leaders gathered to attend the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare at Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23-25, 2015. The attendees represented many of the world's religions, and the Just War, Pacifist and Just Peace traditions.

Update The Failure of Security Assistance – From Latin America to North Africa 

Our government must stop providing foreign security forces with millions of dollars of training and weapons with little oversight, accountability, or success metrics.

Update The 'No Military Solution' is the Only Solution 

The United States must move towards non-military solutions to its foreign policy challenges.

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