Sputnik radio's host of the show BradCast, Brad Freidman, pointed out that the political side of this new Act saw an interesting battle. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell started the debate over surveillance reforms with a clear plan in mind; defeat the House backed USA Freedom Act, extend the status quo and keep the Patriot Act going.
As told by Friedman, "When that plan failed spectacularly, McConnell moved to his hastily thrown back up plan to amend the USA Freedom Act to make it more conservative. But that strategy flopped too."
As the new bill soon to be logged gets the government out of the business of housing and storing the metadata that is collected by the NSA, it now looks like it will be kept with the private phone companies.
Under the new law, the US National Security Agency (NSA) must transfer its telephone metadata collection program into the hands of private telecommunications companies over the next six months.
As for Marcy Wheeler, an American independent journalist specializing in national security and civil liberties, she supports Rand Paul on this one. She said that the major difference now will be that instead of the government being able to search for anything they want; now they will have to put more than one search term. For example, instead of writing California and having all the people's information, now they will have to add the name of the person they are actually looking for.
However, at the NYU Brennan Center for Justice, the academic community applauded the passage of the US Freedom Act.
They said for the first time since 9/11 Congress has placed significant limits on governments' ability to spy on Americans.
Regarding the court choosing to conduct ‘balanced' proceedings, Friedman concludes that the government will do what it wants to do anyway.
Even the civil liberties experts at the Brennan center who supported these amendments, say that the government will pretty much do what they want to do.
Before 9/11 the government had not pass such a bill, and although Bill Clinton suggested it, the government said it was too intrusive. But after 9/11 they decided to pass it. Despite everything, this law will still be real change after 9/11. "It is something that is better than nothing."
Ironically it is the government who knows everything that people are doing and then they lie about it to Congress, which is illegal, but there are still no consequences for that.
Last year it was the most scandalous thing to talk about what the NSA was doing, but now all of a sudden it is being treated like it's no big deal.