Thursday, April 23, 2015

McConnell's Patriot Act Bill Unleashes Long-Simmering Debate Over NSA Spying

Two years after the Snowden disclosures, a fast-approaching deadline is forcing Congress to take a definitive stand on government surveillance.

Congress is finally being forced to choose once and for all whether it wants to rein in the National Security Agency.

And the time for substantive reform is running out.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's surprise decision late Tuesday to introduce a fast-track bill to preserve the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. call records has brought a debate over government surveillance back into the limelight, as lawmakers will be forced to choose whether they favor the status quo or a new package of intelligence reforms.

(RELATED: Key Republican is Not On Board With NSA Reform)

The late-night maneuver is also magnifying a rift within the GOP on national security and privacy that has yet to close nearly two years after the Edward Snowden disclosures began. Congress has until June 1 to renew the Patriot Act before core provisions of it expire.



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