U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte walks past a video screen during a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, January 25, 2006. President Bush visited the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday to underscore the importance of his controversial order authorizing domestic surveillance without warrants. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Opinion

Is the new Patriot Act making us safer?

June 21, 2015, John McLaughlin

While we are now more educated about how the NSA’s programs work, the new Patriot Act makes surveillance more cumbersome and time-consuming, writes John McLaughlin. Trading some security for a bit of privacy is a dubious bargain, and these changes will hamper the efforts of intelligence officers to work effectively to protect national security, McLaughlin argues.

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