The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.
The "See Something, Say Something Act" seeks to amend the Homeland Security Act so that any person who files a report in "good faith" will be immune from civil suit. We should be skeptical of any act extending immunity from the law.
The American people deserve to hear a real debate about what government surveillance programs are doing in their name. Only then can we make an informed decision about whether the claimed security benefits of those programs justify their costs.