Well it is awful. But it has been reauthorized repeatedly. And that did not stop when Democrats were given control of Congress in 2006 or when, in the 2008 elections, they won control of Congress and of the White House. POLITICO reports The New York Times is suing the Justice Department:
The suit, a copy of which was obtained by LawFareBlog, stemmed from Savage’s reporting in May, when Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) referenced secret elements to the Patriot Act and offered an amendment to make public the details that had previously been withheld.
The Senate at the time was voting on a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which was reauthorized. In other words, the senators said, there was one version of the anti-terrorism measure presented to the public, and another withheld by the government. They proposed making the "secret" version public.
I hope the paper wins that lawsuit.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: