NSA preparing to shut down bulk surveillance programs2015-05-25 11:31 by Daniela
Tags: NSA, surveillance
According to recent reports, the NSA surveillance program could soon be forced to shut down as the Senate has rejected a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act.
Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) the Senate couldn't agree to pass even a 24-hour extension of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that expanded the government's authority to search for terror suspects.
"Sunsetting the Patriot Act is the biggest win for ending mass surveillance programs, and one that conventional DC wisdom said was impossible. We are seeing history in the making and it was because the public stood up for our rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association — and there's no turning back now," Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, an anti-government surveillance group said in a news release.
The Justice Department has said the NSA would begin winding down its collection of domestic calling records this week if the Senate fails to act because the collection takes time to halt.
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