Internal emails between advisers to President Obama reveal long-standing concern over how the Patriot Act that would negatively affect law-abiding Americans.
Recent emails between Obama advisers Peter Swire and David Medine, unearthed by government watchdog organization Judicial Watch on Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request filed Aug. 28, 2013, revealed that Swire was concerned about a broad interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act in 2004.
Medine asked in a July 25 email to Swire about a 2004 paper Swire wrote predicting that a literal interpretation of the provision would permit entire databases to be subject to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act, also called the “business records” section, requires that a company ordered by the federal government under Section 215 authorities provide investigators with “any tangible things.”
The order includes “books, records, papers, documents, and other items” for foreign intelligence or…