Dec 162015
 
 December 16, 2015  Election2016, Surveillance

Scott Shackford writes:

In case you hadn’t guessed, tonight’s Republican debate is all about foreign policy, ISIS, the war on terrorism, and what to do about it all. Sen. Marco Rubio has been insistent that the mass surveillance and collection of metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA) about Americans should and must continue and that it is vital to the war on terror. He was opposed to the sunsetting of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and its replacement with the USA Freedom Act. The USA Freedom Act stops the bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata by the NSA. Though this is what has gotten the most attention recently, due to Edward Snowden’s revelations, it’s actually only a small section of the tools the NSA and FBI have available to snoop on people, particularly when dealing with non-Americans.

Sen. Ted Cruz supported the shift to the USA Freedom Act. Sen. Rand Paul voted against the Freedom Act, but for the opposite reason as Rubio; he felt that it failed to secure Americans’ privacy nearly enough.

Read more on Reason.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for the link.

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