The ongoing controversy regarding the NSA’s wiretapping and data-mining program has refocused attention on the USA PATRIOT Act, which was enacted shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The NSA claims that their programs are fully authorized by the PATRIOT act by the FISA Amendments Act.
However, Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who was the chief sponsor of the PATRIOT act, has condemned the NSA program as both improper and counterproductive. He says that the NSA’s surveillance program goes “far beyond what we intended with the law,” and notes that it did nothing to prevent the recent terrorist attack in Boston.
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