The DAILY BEAST reports this:
Not only does the U.S. government have all sorts of other ways to collect the same kind of intelligence outlined in the Patriot Act, but there’s also a little-noticed back door in the act that allows U.S. spy agencies to gather information in pretty much the same ways they did before.
So no matter the protest or Rand Paul filibuster, the controversial provisions are so ingrained into government surveillance that the Act will live on..
The computers don’t turn off. The system doesn’t stop listening ..