Mar 162012
 March 16, 2012  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are not giving up in their efforts to inform the public about what has been called a “secret interpretation” of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

David Kravets reports:

Two Democratic senators urged the Obama administration Thursday to declassify secret court rulings that give the government far wider domestic spying powers under the Patriot Act than intended.

The 10-year-old measure, hastily adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks, grants the government broad surveillance powers with little oversight that can be used domestically.

While much has been written and debated about the bill’s powers and efficacy, there’s evidently much more going on than the public knows.

Read more on Threat Level.

Update:  See also this coverage by Charlie Savage in The New York Times.

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