I cannot help but count this as a negative event. In spite of all that lawmakers think they have accomplished, this renewed Patriot Act is continuing to chip away at individual civil liberties and the right to privacy.
I believe The only way to deal with it is to repeal it completely. Then we need to pass a constitutional amendment to explicitly guarantee the right to privacy and firm up our weakening civil liberties. Check out The Missing Admendment to learn why we need an amendment to specifically cover this issue.
Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal (AP) AP – The Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to the renewal of the USA Patriot Act after adding new privacy protections designed to strike a better balance between civil liberties and the government’s power to root out terrorists.