Despite Mitch McConnell's opposition to any changes in the NSA surveillance provisions, the bill passed with a bipartisan majority.
Rand Paul says he won't consent to any extensions or the current law or the USA Freedom Act.
"The bill will get phone records out of the hands of the government. But from that point on, I’m not sure how much of an improvement it is." -- Marcy Wheeler
Some of its supporters are overselling this bill and with it, anyone’s ability to rein in the intelligence community.
The most privacy protective thing would be to have the telecoms do it, but that would put them in an inappropriate role of performing analysis for the intelligence community.
"My experience tells me that I can hold the NSA’s feet to the fire a lot easier than I can hold Google or Verizon’s feet to the fire,” Bates said.
An influential chorus of critics warned the bill was little more than a watered-down feel-good exercise.
Snooping is bad for IT business.