The Patriot Act Is Cannibalizing America’s Economic Edge

The Patriot Act Is Cannibalizing America’s Economic Edge

You would think that when tech companies, the ACLU and the NRA unite for the same cause, the federal government would listen. That was not the case in this year’s USA FREEDOM Act vote where the Senate voted against reforms that would stop the NSA from collecting phone metadata.

The majority opinion prioritized protectionism—the idea that phone-record collection could stop threats like ISIS from endangering U.S. citizens—over economic growth. Such myopic attachment to the tools of defense, without consideration of their big-picture relevance, puts the $5.7 trillion U.S. IT industry in danger of losing its competitive advantage.

Risking the second-largest industry in the country will pose serious long-term consequences—not only to the economy, but, by association—to national security itself.

It’s time for legislators to ask themselves which laws matter most.

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