Surveillance reform has been making headlines ever since Edward Snowden leaked classified documents obtained directly from the NSA when he worked as a contractor the intelligence agency. With parts of the Patriot Act expiring, and the USA Freedom Act passing, it would seen as if we are on the way to ending unlawful surveillance programs on innocent Americans. But this issue still has a long way to go.

There was another small victory for privacy fighters this week when the House voted to pass an amendment that blocks funding that was being used to support the NSA and CIA to undermine encryption technology. The amendment passed in a landslide vote of 383 to 43, a promising number that suggests the tide might be changing.

Encryption is used by technology companies to protect their users information from any unwanted spying eyes. However, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not to weaken encryption used for computers and smart phones for example. Something that would not only allow the NSA and other intelligence agencies from collecting our information, but would also leave us vulnerable to hacker attacks as well.

Those who support weakened encryption efforts claim it is a matter of national security, and argument that quickly falls apart against logic. Steve Murray finds that pretty interesting. These programs have not stopped any terrorist activities and the surveillance programs used on Americans do not prevent the government from spying on people who are potential threats.