The PATRIOT Act and Tracking Potential Terrorists

Law enforcement concerned over expiration of the ability to track potential terrorists.
1:21 | 06/01/15

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To Washington tonight, and to fierce debate. The NSA and those controversy surveillance programs, gathering information on private phone records and e-mails. Tonight on hold, as lawmakers debate the patriot act. Many are asking, who is now tracking the so-called lone wolves in this country in the meantime? Here's ABC's David Kerley. Reporter: For nearly 24 hours now, the program that gathers and searches American's phone records has been shut down. The bulk data program, revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one of the parts of the patriot act that is now expired. And law enforcement, tonight, are more worried about other parts which leave them partially blind. So, I'm left looking for needles in a haystack, where the needles are increasingly invisible to me. Reporter: Expired -- roving wire taps, which allow law enforcement to follow a terrorist and not just on one phone. If a suspect changes phones, even multiple times, the tracking continues. Expired -- lone wolf tracking. Investigators could track a suspect without a subpoena. Now they will have to go to court for each case. And if I lose those tools, it is a huge problem. Reporter: As of tonight, those tools are gone because of a political fight here. They should be reinstated later in the week, but between now and then, law enforcement says its job will be tougher. David? David Kerley on capitol hill for us.

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