Arguably the most controversial provision in a controversial law is set to expire this Monday, unless the United States Senate acts. The law is the USA Patriot Act, the provision is known as Section 215.
It grants government agencies expanded powers of surveillance of American citizens, think the bulk phone data collection done by the NSA. But the NSA isn’t the only federal agency to take advantage of the provision. The FBI has used it as well, including, most likely, here in Charlotte.