NSA loses power to collect Americans’ phone records after no deal in Senate | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NSA loses power to collect Americans’ phone records after no deal in Senate

The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after Republican Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday session in the Senate.

But that program and several other post-Sept. 11, 2001 counter-terror measures look likely to be revived within days. With no other options, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reluctantly embraced a House of Representatives-passed bill that would extend the provisions, while also remaking the bulk phone collections program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The headline is misleading. NSA still has the power to spy on your phone calls and will as long as those data centers remain standing. NSA was in violation of the law when it started building this system back in the 1980s. They will not hesitate to violate the law again. The new USA FREEDOM Act that may be passed now keeps the spying going, but shuffles around just who gets the data to make it look like there has been an improvement, but the real goal is to lull Americans into the false belief that somehow privacy protections have been restored, so that we will not create our own systems of encryption to protect our business secrets from government crooks. It is up to us all to take responsibility for our right to privacy, guaranteed to us under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

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