Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Freedom At Last

Edward Snowden, the whistle blower that revealed the doings of the NSA might finally be at ease with the recent legislative changes regarding domestic surveillance . The Senate has recently passed the USA Freedom Act which will change the policies regarding how U.S. agencies manages surveillance and widespread data collection. I, for one am happy about the transparancy such a bill brings because the public should have the right to know what the government is looking at.

A year ago in November, the USA Freedom Act did not have enough support to pass. This Act at that time was philibusted and failed in the Senate. The Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch Mcconnell even said that the policies of the President and that the USA Freedom Act would weaken America's ability to protect itself. My response to this is why would the USA Freedom Act weaken America when the people of America can't even protect their own rights from those they put in power through election?

 Fortunately, this bill would ultimately pass with a simple majority, 67 in favor, and 32 against. President Obama has also tweeted out how he will "sign as soon as I [he] gets it". I believe this is a step in the right direction in terms government transparancy with the public. 

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