The legacy of the Patriot Act remains, and it’s in danger of being pushed aside in the face of new threats.
In a column for The Washington Post on Wednesday, Tom Ricks, a retired Navy SEAL and former senior adviser to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the new threat is a new law that, among other things, allows the U.S. to track the communications of American citizens.
The Patriot Act is, in effect, a law for the NSA, Ricks wrote.
“The bill was designed to make it easier for the government to collect the communications records of the American people.
Now it is the law for law enforcement, and we must all recognize that the Patriot Acts legacy is being destroyed by a new set of threats.”
Ricks was not the only conservative voice to voice the fear of a new era of spying.
Last week, the head of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a conservative watchdog group, told The Hill that he has a list of people he believes should be detained in the wake of the law.
“The American people are at risk from this legislation,” said the group’s executive director, Andrew Crocker.
“And that’s why the American Civil Liberties Union, along with other civil liberties groups, is fighting it tooth and nail.”
The Center for Security Policy, a white supremacist group, is calling on Americans to boycott American businesses.
A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation to stop the Patriot Law from being implemented.
Under the bill, companies would be required to install a warrant-based system that would allow for a warrant to be issued if a customer believes that they are the target of surveillance.
The bill, sponsored by Sens.
Joe Manchin, D-W.
Va., and Patrick Leahy, D.V., would prevent any government agency from collecting data from U.K.-based companies.