Obama’s Broad Spy Powers
After a perfunctory, last-minute debate, the Senate has reauthorized a law allowing for sweeping federal spying powers, including warrantless surveillance on domestic communications. Amendments that would have offered a small degree of oversight were pushed aside. Defenders claimed that they simply didn’t have time to properly consider alternatives, but that’s mainly because they didn’t schedule a debate until mere hours remained before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments were set to expire.
Cato Institute research fellow Julian Sanchez examines the alternatives.