May 27, 2015 9:03 am -


President Obama doesn’t want the Senate to let Section 215 of the Patriot Act expire.

“This needs to get done,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s necessary to keep the American people safe and secure.”

But with the May 31 deadline fast approaching, there was scant evidence Tuesday of a search for a deal on Capitol Hill. The House and Senate stood in recess for the week, and a House GOP leadership aide said there were no talks happening between the two chambers. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity, because the aide was not authorized to discuss the issue on the record…

Obama noted that the controversial bulk phone collections program, which was exposed by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, is reformed in the House bill, which does away with it over six months and instead gives phone companies the responsibility of maintaining phone records that the government can search.

But the legislation also includes other tools used by the FBI, including one that makes it easier to track “lone wolf” terrorism suspects who have no connection to a foreign power, and another that allows the government to eavesdrop on suspects who continuously discard their cellphones.

FBI Director James Comey said at a news conference at the bureau’s New Haven, Connecticut, field office on Tuesday that the FBI will be affected in profound and important ways if the provisions are not renewed.




D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to Obama Urges Senate To Renew Phone Spying Program

  1. Obewon May 27th, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Fine. Then delete the act, except for Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
    Metadata links criminals to their accomplices. So of course repubs are against collecting evidence of their Racketeering, corruption and military adventurism.

  2. F_cons May 27th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    So the courts ruled the metadata collection is illegal, the person who would know if the program was useful, Justice Dept Inspector General’s report this week said it has not helped stop any terror attacks. So it’s illegal and useless but it should be renewed?

  3. lynchie May 27th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    O who side are you on. Oh, sorry, of course big business and the 1% because of the money that flows to them for computers, privatization, etc., etc. Time to go off and take your directorships. How very far have you fallen, you showed promise got the job and have failure after failure while telling us that you are evolving.

  4. robert May 28th, 2015 at 4:05 am

    No convictions to speak of since the pariot act was passed yet we have to renew it ?

    i want what obama is smoking