Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has just shared a document with both the New York Times and the non-profit news organization ProPublica, revealing that the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic for the stated purpose of searching for evidence of malicious computer hacking. Snowden has cited his source as classified NSA documents.
Proponents claimed the PATRIOT Act was passed to combat terrorism. But the FBI has used it to indict former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for banking law violations.
Rand Paul's vow to prevent the Senate from extending the Patriot Act may just lead to serious restrictions on the surveillance state.
In a White House statement released on May 26, President Obama stated: “I called on the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clear up the confusion and uphold our basic duty to protect these vital [water] resources.”