Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Expires After Senate Fails to Reach Deal

ABC - link provided by George Jefferson with the following:

"We are here now facing yet another manufactured crisis with the vitally important Patriot Act provisions set to expire in a matter of hours," Reid said.

President Obama has warned that the expiration of the phone records collection program would pose a threat to national security.

"We shouldn't be disarming unilaterally as our enemies grow more sophisticated and aggressive and we certainly shouldn't be doing so based on a campaign of demagoguery and disinformation launched in the unlawful actions of Edward Snowden," McConnell said.

The NSA's domestic surveillance program expired at midnight after the Senate failed to reach a deal to pass legislation Sunday evening. 

The expiration came after the Senate convened for a rare Sunday session to deal with the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. 

Before adjourning without reaching a deal, the Senate made some progress, clearing a key procedural hurdle on the USA Freedom Act, but due to procedural objections by Sen. Rand Paul, the Senate was unable to hold any additional votes to move forward with the measure. 

Three key provisions of the Patriot Act expired at midnight -- Section 215, which authorizes the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records; a roving wiretap provision that allows law enforcement officials to monitor terror suspects that use multiple phones; and a program that officials can use to monitor "lone wolf" terror suspects, not connected to any known terrorist organizations. 

The NSA started the shutdown process at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will take an entire day to reboot the system, if Congress passes legislation reforming the metadata collection program.


  1. Gratifying to finally see some effective push-back against the Bush/Obama domestic spying doctrine.

    1. It sure is Kurt ...but do you believe this to be true "The NSA started the shutdown process at 4 p.m. Sunday." or will they continue on as usual

    2. ...but do you believe this to be true "The NSA started the shutdown process at 4 p.m. Sunday." or will they continue on as usual

      That, indeed, is the rub. And no, I don't believe this to be more than a symbolic victory, and perhaps a very temporary one, as well. Still, the fact that there's finally some indication of the arrival of some backbone and will to fight this shit . . . well, as little as it is, I see it as a positive development.