Ever prepared for a worst case scenario from politicians, the NSA has put its planning teams on “hot standby” to prepare to shut down all the networks that connect them to the nation’s phone records. They will also make sure that officials cannot access the archives.
If the legal authority expires they would “lock it down with the same certainty with which we operate,” an official said.
Along with the bulk collection of metadata, the “roving wiretap” would also expire, this allows the FBI to keep up with terrorists or criminals who use so-called “burner” phones to evade electronic surveillance.
The FBI would also lose its “lone wolf” provision which allows them to tap phones of someone they suspect might be involved in terrorist activity, but who is not connected to a known terrorist group.