May 23, 2015

Wyden Statement on Senate Blocking Extension of Patriot Act Mass Surveillance

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement after the U.S Senate blocked a short-term extension of mass surveillance under the Patriot Act:

Today the Ben Franklin caucus stood tall and proved that supporters of mass surveillance can no longer bully the U.S. Senate into extending an illegal and unconstitutional law by running out the clock. When Sen.  McConnell tried to extend Patriot Act for five more days, I said no more.”

“This week Americans must continue to speak out against government interference in their private communications. A decade after intelligence leaders secretly created a program to violate the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans, we are on the verge of finally shutting it down. I’m confident that when Americans and the U.S. congress debate mass surveillance in the light of day we will finally close the door on the worst violations of Americans’ privacy,” Wyden said.