Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd May 2015 17:08 UTC

In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified form. Tonight's failure to arrive at a vote makes it likely that many of those powers will automatically expire, although Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill.

The American people won a battle today, but the war is far, far from over.

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We need this, hopefully it holds
by re_re on Sat 23rd May 2015 18:48 UTC
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Everybody knows this type of thing has been going on for God knows how many years. It will continue if it is illegal but at least if it is illegal there can and will be some recourse if an innocent gets wrongly accused or busted.

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