Here is a link to the NPR stories we talked about in class. The articles review the NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program in 2015. This program started in the wake of September 11, 2001. The NSA monitored phone records acquired from major American telecommunication companies and stored metadata from calls made by thousands of people. This metadata collection program became highly public in 2013 when whistleblowers like Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing this surveillance. It has been a catalyst for some of the first national debates about metadata as a security measure for the US Government.
In 2015, the program again came into the spotlight because sections of the Patriot Act protecting metadata collection were set to expire. You can read NPR’s coverage of this legislative event here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/07/404898259/federal-court-bulk-collection-of-phone-metadata-is-illegal
Also, if you are a nerd like me and want to see the bill first hand, you can find it here: