He’ll even accept the House passed USA Freedom aAct which just moves the data collection to communications carriers , while leaving mostly everything else intact….
The Patriot Act TECHNICALLY ends May 31st…..
But who knows if they will actually turn off the switches then?
President Barack Obama and his aides on Friday heaped verbal pressure on senators to renew the domestic surveillance tools outlined in the PATRIOT Act, warning of potentially dire consequences if the measure is allowed to expire over the weekend. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper even entered the fray to back up the president.
Obama used an Oval Office meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to issue his most forceful comments to date on the matter. He pressed the case for the USA Freedom Act, a House-passed measure that would reform the PATRIOT Act’s disputed bulk data collection program while preserving other, less controversial tools for tracking potential terrorists.
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“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, those authorities go away, and suddenly we’re dark, and heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a terrorist attack or could’ve apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction of the Senate,” the president said. “So I have indicated to [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and other senators I expect them to take action and take action swiftly.”
If something happens in the next few days?
Congress is gonna be in deep shit…..