October 10, 2013
The author of the Patriot Act announced his latest plans to work to defund the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone and Internet records to an audience in Washington on Wednesday.
After months of gaining steam, the U.S. government shutdown appears to have stalled surveillance reform efforts on the Hill and in the executive branch.
On Wednesday, however, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner told an audience at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in D.C., that he planned to introduce new legislation to “end the bulk collection of American’s communications records by adopting a uniform standard for intelligence gathering under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.”
The bill, called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping and Online Monitoring (USAFREEDOM) Act, would also tighten Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
This article was posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:19 am