A new law (P.L. 112-3) signed into law by President Obama reauthorizes portions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire in this year. A provision granting the government the right to conduct roving electronic surveillance and a provision that designates that a “lone wolf” terrorist is considered an agent of a foreign government were both set to expire at the end of February. The new law only extends the measures through May 2011, though several bills were introduced to extend the measures for longer periods of time.
By J.K. Petersen; Reviewed by Colonel Kuljeet Singh, CPP
The author of Introduction to Surveillance Studies offers a look at the history of surveillance, its tools and technologies, the reasons for using those tools, and the social issues surrounding the increasing use of cameras.