Saturday, June 6, 2015

Congress Did Not Pass An Anti-Surveillance Law

When President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act, it did not end bulk data collection or mass surveillance programs. It did not address many of the policies, practices or programs of the NSA, which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. It did not sharply limit surveillance nor was it an anti-surveillance law. The USA Freedom Act renewed Patriot Act provisions, which had sunset days ago. However, it is difficult to disagree with Snowden’s generally optimistic assessment. During an Amnesty International UK event, as the Senate was about to pass the law, Snowden declared, “For the first time in forty years of US history, since the intelligence community was reformed in the ’70s, we found that facts have become more persuasive than fear.”

More:  http://firedoglake.com/2015/06/03/congress-did-not-pass-an-anti-surveillance-law-and-other-thoughts-about-the-usa-freedom-act/#more-185374

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