Surveillance powers set to lapse with no deal in Senate
Senate Republicans say they’ve been unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions. As a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs will expire at midnight.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says the program will “go dark” at midnight due to objections in the Senate.
The objections have come primarily from GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president.
Intelligence officials are warning that the result of the Senate’s inaction will amount to a win for terrorists.
At issue is a program allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk to search for terror connections. Other lesser-known provisions also will expire.