Foreign Policy.com --
For now, Sen. Rand Paul, who blocked the passage of a bill reauthorizing some NSA authorities, can claim victory. But his win is likely to be short-lived and could prove costly as he eyes the Oval Office in 2016.
Foreign Policy.com On Monday, the Senate once again headed toward a vote on the USA Freedom Act; Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said the legislation could become law as early as Tuesday evening. That means the three authorities that Paul allowed to expire — including the controversial Section 215 that lets the NSA sweep up tens of millions of Americans’ Internet and phone records — are likely be back on the books just days after he prevented his colleagues from renewing them.
If the legislation passes, the data now will be held by a third party, not the government.