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Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act: the Good, the Bad, and the Expiration

On December 15th, 2019, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act will once again come up for sunset. For years, the government used Section 215 to secretly collect all telephone records across the United States. The USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 restricted this practice, yet last year, under only one part of Section 215, the NSA acquired over 434 million phone records.

Our panel of experts discussed what the public knows and what policymakers need to know before Congress considers reauthorizing Section 215.


  • Sandy Fulton, Government Relations Director at Free Press.

  • Jumana Musa, Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

  • Marcy Wheeler, senior fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University and primary author of the blog

  • Sean Vitka, counsel at Demand Progress.

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019, at 10 am.

WHERE: Rayburn 2237