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US News & World Report: Would NSA Data Surveillance End With Patriot Act?

Tom Risen interviews CDT Senior Counsel Harley Geiger in his recent article on NSA surveillance and the Patriot Act. 

The NSA, however, could invoke other legal powers to continue the data collection program without Section 215 of the Patriot Act, says Harley Geiger, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology advocacy group. The government has also conducted bulk collection of email metadata in the past using Section 214 of the Patriot Act, for instance, which is also called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “pen trap statute,” Geiger says.

Read the full article here.