The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations...
Americans were rightly outraged when they learned that US intelligence agencies relied on secret law to monitor millions of law-abiding US citizens. The American people are now on high alert for new secret interpretations of the law.
On Sunday, those who represent us must either vote for Big Brother or vote for the Bill of Rights. They can't have it both ways.
The only public information we have suggests the government has either not used, or has misused, the expiring provisions.
Before June 1 we expect to see plenty of fear-mongering from intelligence officials and national security hawks.
It apparently doesn’t bother them at all that an Appeals Court already ruled the use of the law for mass surveillance by the NSA is illegal. The best move for Congress would be to just let Section 215 expire.
Collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is ruled unlawful; landmark decision by appeals court clears way for full challenge against NSA.
The USA Freedom Act is like a surgeon talking about taking a small tumor off of a much larger one. Would you recommend against such surgery, if that was the only one the surgeon was even willing to contemplate?
This bill would make only incremental improvements. The disclosures of the last two years make clear that we need wholesale reform.