We shouldn't live in a society where government surveillance of it's citizens is tolerated. Consider also that surveillance in conjunction with other nations are breaking their laws. Just last week, the phone metadata program of the NSA, keeping logs of all calls was overturned by a Federal Appeals Court.
Senator McConnell wanted to reauthorize the same Patriot Act that was deemed illegal. It wasn't only Rand Paul that was against that idea, It was an alliance of Liberatian Republicans and Liberal Democrats that worked together to rein back the excesses of data collection which has been acknowledged as not being practical.
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents
In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show.
The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and shared with the New York Times and ProPublica, come at a time of unprecedented cyberattacks on American financial institutions, businesses and government agencies, but also of greater scrutiny of secret legal justifications for broader government surveillance.
The NSA’s activities run “smack into law enforcement land,” said Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity scholar at Stanford Law School who has researched privacy issues and who reviewed several of the documents. “That’s a major policy decision about how to structure cybersecurity in the U.S. and not a conversation that has been had in public.”
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