The US Senate blocked legislation that limits the collection of phone records in large quantities, which occurs more than a year after Edward Snowden exposed the size of the monitoring programs of the US Government
The US Senate has blocked a bill that would stop the NSA surveillance program of phones. The promoters of the withdrawal of the initiative argue that the device is now more important than ever, given the advancement of terrorism in the Middle East and fears that attacks occur in the US, reports’ The Washington Times ‘
There were 58 votes for the bill and 42 votes against. President Obama had already established limits for the National Security Agency, but Congress stated its strong support for the legislation.
“It’s the worst time for us to try to tie our hands” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party. “The threat of Islamic State is real. It’s different from what we’ve seen before. And if we are to overcome it, if our goal is to degrade and destroy the EI, as the President has said, then this will require sound policies and strong determination ” .
The Senate decision is a defeat for advocates of respect for private life, which earlier this year received overwhelming support in approving a bill that restricted drastically monitoring National Security Agency. Now the defenders of national security have fought using the pretext of deteriorating security in the Middle East and the recent violent attacks registered in the US and Canada, which have rekindled fears that radical Islamists are established in these countries.
We already have to be worried about the NSA watching over us even while we’re doing online shopping on Qnet, but now they will have access to our phone lines as well. The issue is sensitive given the current concerns with the Islamic State, but at what point do we retain our rights?