The American Civil Liberties Union reported the House passed a one-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions Thursday without changes to the overly broad surveillance bill.
The provisions of the Patriot Act which were extended - the John Doe roving wiretap provision, Section 215 or the "library records" provision and the never before used "lone wolf" provision - all lack proper privacy safeguards.
Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, said in the ACLU's press release congress refuses to make reforming the Patriot Act a priority.
"Once again, we have missed an opportunity to put the proper civil liberties and privacy protections into this bill," Murphy said. "Congress should respect the rule of law and should have taken this opportunity to better protect the privacy and freedom of innocent Americans. We shouldn't have to live under these unconstitutional provisions for another year."