When the Senate passed the Patriot Act ... the revelations of NSA surveillance, they might regret that decision… especially since the man they replaced him with, Senator Ron Johnson voted for both the FISA Sunsets Extension Act
Key provisions of the Patriot Act expired at midnight Sunday, including the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. Now, the Senate is scrambling to pass legislation to reform the expired program. In addition …
(AP file) WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – After the Senate let provisions of the Patriot Act expire Sunday night, the U.S. government is without three tools to investigate and foil terrorist plots. As debate waged on Sunday night, the …
In a 67-32 vote today, the Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act, a watered-down reform will that will renew Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which expired over ... the hands of phone companies instead of the NSA. Senate Majority …
But Earnest did say that the Patriot Act provisions had been valuable tools for security authorities and now they don't have those tools at their disposal. "Why would we add unnecessary risk to the country and our national security
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A sweeping National Security Agency program that collects and stores so-called metadata for nearly all United States phone calls in a searchable database is not authorized by the Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. …
The 2 nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that "the text of SS 215 [of the Patriot Act]...does not authorize the [NSA's] telephone metadata program." In other words, the court determined that the NSA exceeded its authority by …
McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He said he would call the Senate into session that day, a Sunday, and …
The authors of the Patriot Act always intended that its provisions would be permanent. The politically expedient thing to do would have been to include a sunset provision, to acknowledge a temporary moment of crisis that required special …