According to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), yes. Hardly any congresspeople bothered debating the renewal of this post-9/11, controversial government overhaul of privacy and fourth amendment related law. That's bad enough.
But according to Wyden, the powers the Patriot Act granted to the executive branch, used by the FBI and other federal organizations, are being used far more invasively than the government will admit. Spencer Ackerman reports: