This week senators have been meeting to discuss whether to extend parts of the patriot act by passigng a bill that would extend and tweak some of the existing parts of the bill, but things are not looking good for the long controversial law. Alexei Beltyukov understands that if they do not reach an agreement soon, and it does not look like they will, the bill will expire at the stroke of midnight. For the majority of Americans, this is good news.
Most people have lost favor with the invasive series of laws which was hastily scrambled together after fears from the September 11th terrorist attacks caused people to look for some kind of protection and safety from the Federal Government. Even when the Patriot Act was first written and passed they were controversial, many people by quoting Benjamin Franklin “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
The law lost most of what little support it had after Edward Snowden raised concerns and alerted the public to problems with it by exposing the way the National Security Administration was spying on citizens and using wiretaps to monitor private citizens electronic communication devices.
However people feel about Edward Snowden or the NSA it is clear that the Patriot Act is not popular and that most people will breath a sigh of relief when it finally dies on June 1st.