He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake... No, it's not Santa, it's the NSA. Laura spoke with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), one of the authors of the Patriot Act, about his newest bill that clamps down on the NSA. This new bill targets the NSA and bans them from collecting bulk telephone records in the US. Sensenbrenner explained that the Patriot Act was supposed to allow surveillance on non-US persons, but it was never intended to turn us into a "surveillance society." His argument is that the NSA has become a "rogue agency that needs to be reined in before it's too late."
Should we relinquish our phones to gain back our freedoms? It might be harder than it sounds. The Daily Mail reports that many people consider the idea of giving up their phone just as stressful as a wedding. People aren't willing to part with their phones without some sort of monetary incentive and even then the sacrifice proves difficult. Cell phones have gone from being a technological tool to a technological addiction: people are using their tech at all hours of the day and night (sometimes in their sleep), and, despite the fact that phones allow us to communicate, they're really causing us to become less social. The NSA has half their work done for them as people live-tweet constantly, but if we cannot trust our own government to protect our privacy perhaps it's time we iFlip our phones right into the trash.