One Nation, Under Surveillance
For several years, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, have been cryptically warning that the government was interpreting its surveillance powers under that section of the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming to the public if it knew about it.
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act,” they wrote last year in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
I hate to say it but this doesn't surprise me at all. The Patriot Act was nothing more than a power grab and ripe for abuse of the American people. Alarmed? Yes. Surprised? Not in the least bit.