“For the sake of National Security” has been a common refrain from Government officials and certain members of the political elite as a way to erode everyday American’s right to privacy. However, the further we move away from the time in which the Patriot Act was so quickly passed (9/11/2001) it seems that as a nation we’re reexamining the difference between bad policy and Unconstitutional spying.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire in June of 2015. Essentially, Section 215 is one of the worst sections of the Patriot Act written with such broad wording that allows the U.S government to require businesses to hand over “any tangible things” so long as it is to “protect against international terrorism” and has resulted in the Government snapping up millions of innocent people’s phone records.
Now is the time for reform. Comedian John Oliver recently made a brilliant video outlining Government Surveillance.
A powerful unchecked Government with the ability to gather so much data is a scary thought. Reviewing the Patriot Act and standing up for civil liberties has never been so important.
BREAKING UPDATE: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves forward with Patriot Act Reauthorization. Read more at Campaignforliberty.org