The U.S. government on Monday found itself with fewer tools to investigate terrorism — at least temporarily — after the Senate let provisions of the Patriot Act expire Sunday night. According to retired National Security Agency whistleblower Kirk Wiebe, “The larger picture is that the government is playing a shell game,essentially doing what it wants, and that unless we achieve comprehensive review of intelligence policies, we are essentially not improving much in the way of privacy. That’s not to say a victory in defeating parts of the Patriot Act is not important, just that it leaves much to be done by a Congress that doesn’t like being held accountable.” Wiebe worked at the NSA for 36 years until he retired in October 2001. Since then, Wiebe and his fellow NSA whistleblower Bill Binney made several key public disclosures regarding NSA’s massive surveillance program.
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