The Senate voted early Saturday to reject a two-month extension of a controversial provision in the Patriot Act that expires at midnight on May 31. The Senate also rejected a bill that passed the House and received White House support, which would have ended the bulk collection of domestic phone data. Government agencies have used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. While FBI officials claim the surveillance program has helped deter terrorism, critics say security should be balanced with protecting privacy.
Patriot Act Extension Fails to Pass Senate
Ken Dilanian, intelligence reporter for the Associated Press
David Greene, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Charles Stimson, manager of the National Security Law Program and senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former deputy assistant defense secretary for Detainee Affairs