As of right now, it looks like the NSA is going to lose their authority to conduct surveillance efforts of regular American citizens with Section 215 of the Patriot Act set to expire on May, 31st. However, Mitch McConnell is one of the politicians fighting to keep the bill intact by renewing it for up to another five years. A republican currently serving in Kentucky, McConnell claims the American public will be put at risk if these surveillance programs are allowed to end. An argument that simply doesn’t hold up to logic.
The Patriot Act, passed shortly have the 9/11 attacks, is a controversial bill that was made even more so when Edward Snowden leaked documents showing what the government was doing with their new found power. Section 215 of the Patriot Act allowed the NSA to collect a mass amount of data from the phone records of everyday American citizens without the users permission or knowledge. A piece of legislation that was also recently ruled to be illegal and in violation of our constitutional rights.
It seems odd that McConnell, along with many others, are fighting to renew a bill that has been determined by a Supreme Court to violate our rights as American citizens. But the Senate as shot down all of their attempts so far and Section 215 of the Patriot Act will indeed expire within days unless something drastic happens.