It's been over two years since Edward Snowden revealed to the public the broad surveillance of Americans carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). On the eve of the sunset of three major provisions of the Patriot Act, the NSA lost its authority to collect phone records of millions of Americans, thanks to the USA Freedom Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama this past Tuesday. The bill's sponsor Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) called the passage of the USA Freedom Act “historic”-but many are questioning if it goes far enough. National security hawks such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mourned the death of these important provisions and congratulated future terrorists on their victory-although not one alleged terror plot had been disrupted in the U.S. since 2001 as a result of the controversial Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. On the other side, all the way in Russia, whistleblower Snowden called the passage of the USA Freedom Act a victory, but says the privacy and civil liberties of Americans are still under threat. Now is not the time to celebrate. Instead of holding on to the metadata of ordinary Americans, the NSA will have to seek a FISA court order to get the metadata from telecom companies, providing only small hurdle to the collection of phone records-not a giant step for surveillance reform. The FBI will still maintain wide-ranging surveillance authority. The USA Freedom Act does not end mass surveillance—it merely limits the scope of it. What it does serve as, many are saying, is a distraction to disillusion the American public that more is being done to reform the Patriot Act than actually is. In a post 9/11 world where many were willing to give up their privacy in the name of national security, we have come far.  As long as parts of the Patriot Act are still in effect, and the USA Freedom Act is on it way to reinstituting lapsed authorities, our intelligence practices fail to align with America’s democratic values

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