NSA's Patriot Act Powers Lapse; Freedom Act Moves Forward
Controversial, key provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act have now expired. On Tuesday the Senate will vote on the revised Freedom Act.By Mikah Sargent | May 31, 2015
The U.S. Senate may have voted to move forward with the Freedom Act Sunday, but controversial aspects of the Patriot Act have expired.
Those aspects include the bulk collection of phone records; the "lone wolf" provision, which allows the government to surveil suspects who aren't directly tied to terrorist groups, and the "roving wiretaps" provision, which gives the government access to all of a suspect's communications under a single wiretap order. (Video via C-SPAN)
The Freedom Act, which is set for a vote on Tuesday, extends several provisions of the Patriot Act but ends lawful justification of the NSA’s infamous bulk collection of phone records.