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Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Featured, Government, Law, Politics | 4 comments

US Patriot Act Expires; Senate To Amend USA Freedom Act

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UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EDT: President Obama issued a statement, praising the Senate for taking “an important — if late — step forward tonight. We call on the Senate to ensure this irresponsible lapse in authorities is as short-lived as possible. On a matter as critical as our national security, individual senators must put aside their partisan…

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  • The_Ohioan

    Without the USA Freedom Act, NSA Could Resume Bulk Collection Even if Patriot Act Provisions Expire

    http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/05/without-the-usa-freedom-act-nsa-could-resume-bulk-collection-even-if-patriot-act-provisions-expire/

  • dduck12

    Are we “protected” as well as possible now, that’s what it boils down to for me. If not, then please guys in DC, work on the problem some more.

    • The_Ohioan

      When there’s another massive attack, and there probably will be, both sides will claim it’s the other’s fault. It will be CYA time like you can’t believe.

      To answer your question, though, we’re probably protected as well as possible, which is not, and can’t be, completely. So everyone falls somewhere on the spectrum of “continue what we’ve been doing” to “don’t do most of what we’ve been doing”.

      What we do know is there was a change in terrorist organizations’ tactics since the Snowden revelations, though the more communications savvy probably knew what was being done even before that.

      As the link above states:

      “The assumption has been that the expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act would mean the end of bulk data collection. That assumption is wrong. Only passing the USA Freedom Act will do that.”

      Sen. Rand didn’t allow that to happen, though it may be revisited now.

  • I dislike President Obama’s fear-mongering. Taking pages right out of GWB’s handbook.

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