The legislature has let parts of the Patriot Act
expire, but it doesn’t look like their going to put any of them back into play without some vital changes. Sunday, some of the most controversial parts of the Patriot Act expired. Like the phone metadata collection under the NSA. Now, lawmakers
are considering amendments to the act before allowing the programs to be back up and running
once again. The act, if signed into law, would have phone companies store the records — not the federal government. Officials would then need targeted warrants in order to gain access to the phone metadata. The Patriot Act has been in place since President Bush signed it back in 2006. A CNN/ORC poll says that about 61% of Americans have said they want to see the act restored. Lawmakers are now actively working to pass the new provisions and the public can anticipate a decision later
this week. Until then, telephone data remains locked up and off limits. The new provisions would also require targeted wiretaps on terrorist suspects, rather than roaming wiretaps.