Fight over NSA snooping, Patriot Act goes down to wire

– The Washington Times – Friday, May 22, 2015

Senators on Friday raced their own holiday-imposed deadline for preserving key Patriot Act powers, with Democrats accusing Republican leaders of trying to force a choice between having to back the NSA’s controversial bulk collection powers or else letting other wiretapping and lone-wolf terrorism tools expire.

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican trying to force the choice, said the blame instead lies with an Obama administration ready to scrap the National Security Agency’s phone-snooping program without having a viable backup in place.

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