Four More Years of Wiretapping Fun
On Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of extending the part of the Patriot Act that allows U.S. law enforcement officials to legally eavesdrop on certain phone calls for the sake of — you guessed it — homeland security.
The measure “will safeguard us from future attacks,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said before the vote. “By extending this invaluable terror-fighting tool, we’re staying ahead” of terrorists who want to attack the U.S., he said.
The bill’s roving-wiretap section allows federal agents to obtain a single warrant to monitor telephone calls of suspects using a series of mobile phones.