McConnell’s Snowden amnesia bill extends NSA snooping

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April 29, 2015
USA Today
by Elizabeth Goitein  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary, PND Commentary

"Two years ago, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of Americans led to public outcry and widespread demand for Congress to take action. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. answered the call -- not with reforms, but with a bill to extend the NSA's powers for another five years. The bill, co-sponsored by Senate intelligence committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., would reauthorize until 2020 three provisions of the Patriot Act that are scheduled to expire on June 1. These provisions include Section 215, which the NSA has used to collect the phone records of nearly every American and store them in a vast database. Of all the surveillance activities Snowden revealed, this 'bulk collection' program was the most explosive." (04/28/15)  

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