The White House criticized the US Senate Monday for failing to act over the weekend to extend the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic spying powers. The White House expressed hope that lawmakers would put aside partisanship and quickly fix the problem. As a result, the NSA will temporarily lose its authority to collect American’s phone calls in bulk.
Senator Rand Paul was the key figure in opposing the extension of the existing surveillance program and the passage of a reform bill. The senate voted in favor of a measure that will allow debate on the reform legislation known as the so-called Freedom Act. The House is expected to vote on the final passage of the bill on Tuesday or Wednesday.
In this video, 2nd Lt. Scott Bennett is interviewed by Press TV on the dynamics and dangers of allowing the NSA to conduct so-called “bulk collection programs.” Bennett was a U.S. Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
He is author of the book SHELL GAME: A Military Whistleblowing Report to the U.S. Congress Exposing the Betrayal and Cover-Up by the U.S. Government of the Union Bank of Switzerland-Terrorist Threat Finance Connection to Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Central Command.