The Senate let Provisions from the Patriot Act expire Sunday night. Three provisions of that law, including the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program were ended. Whistleblower Edward Snowden first blew the lid off the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs in 2013. The National Security Agency officially shut down the bulk metadata collection program officially at 7:44 p.m.
The governement lost three provisions;
1 Section 215 that allow the NSA to collect telephone metadata on millions of Americans and store that data for five years ended.
2 Law enforcement officials also won’t be allowed to get a wiretap to track terror suspects who frequently change communications devices, like phones. Instead, they will need to get individual warrants for each new device.
3 The government loses a legal provision allowing it to use national security tools against “lone wolf” terror suspects if officials can’t find a connection to a foreign terror group such as ISIS, for example. the Justice Deptartment confirmed that provision has never been used.
The House passed a bill, the USA Freedom Act, that would make big changes to the first, but leave the latter two provisions intact.
That bill would have the telephone companies hold Americans’ telephone metadata and require the government to get a specific warrant to seize any telephone metadata — and not on millions of people, but instead on specific individuals.
FBI and NSA officials are allowed to continue using Section 215 and the wiretap provision in investigations they began before the June 1 expiration date. Any new investigations will have to go without the roving wiretaps and the ability to petition the secret FISA court for warrants to seize business records, like telephone metadata, in terrorism cases. That court was established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide warrants in national security cases.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement on Friday the United States “would lose entirely an important capability that helps us identify potential U.S. based associates of foreign terrorists.”
However, opponents say they aren’t convinced. The ACLU says, “The government has numerous other tools, including administrative and grand jury subpoenas, which would enable it to gather necessary information”.
The US Senate is set to pass the USA Freedom Act now that major surveillance powers in the USA Patriot Act have ended. The House-passed bill, representing a slightly less intrusive spying law, will come to a vote on Tuesday. The USA Freedom Act, passed by the House in a 338-88 vote on May 13.
Edward Snowden revealed the government uses Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act to authorize digital surveillance on foreign persons, which, tech experts say has involved exploiting security weaknesses on behalf of the government and, as a result, secretly undermining the protocols meant to protect online activity. Snowden also pointed to Executive Order 12333, signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, which requires government agencies to comply with data requests made by the CIA. He said the order, which has been used to justify the collection of unencrypted material, is a “skeleton in the closet,” but that changing it will be difficult “because the White House argues these operations are simply above the law and cannot be regulated by congress or the courts.”
It appears that The opponents can thank Snowden for the lost of the three provisions. My opinion—Snowden made the United States look real baaaaaaad. People all over are nosey and snoop. They snoop with binoculars, easvesdrop on phones, cross wires, listen through doors, peep through their windows etc. Snowden my guess is living a powerful and extravagant life in some other country. Snowden is praised in other countries bad mouthing the United States and their tactics. I’m not saying their tactics was perfect but how can you squeal and then leave to another country thats opposite? MONEY TALKS
as the saying goes and BS walks or should I say FLYYYY abroad.