The NSA is no longer authorized to spy on US citizens — for now

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The US Senate failed to pass legislation extending legal authority of the country’s spy agencies — including the National Security Agency (NSA) — to collect data on American citizens’ communications on Sunday, reports Reuters. Senator Rand Paul blocked an extension of the Patriot Act in a rare Sunday meeting at the Senate. With that, the NSA is no longer authorized to collect US citizens’ newly created phone records en masse. The expiration of three key provisions of the Patriot Act also means that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cannot invoke it to obtain wiretap orders for ‘lone wolf’ terrorism…

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