Most Americans are against the Patriot Act, used by the NSA as a legal basis for spying on people, a new poll shows.
According to the poll released on Monday, 60 percent of the people in US think the Patriot Act should be reformed “to limit government surveillance and protect Americans’ privacy”.
However, there are some 34 percent who believe “it has been effective in keeping America safe from terrorists and other threats to national security like ISIS or Al Qaeda.”
Signed into law by former President George W. Bush, USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) is an Act of Congress that followed September 11 attacks in New York City.
US officials maintain that the practice is limited purely to tracking terrorists.
Unless the Congress acts, the act would expire on June 1.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has vowed to do “everything possible” to block renewal of the act.
“We will do everything possible — including filibustering the Patriot Act to stop them,” Paul said in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on Monday.