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'Reform bill' would codify ability of NSA to spy on Americans, critics say

Jaikumar Vijayan | Nov. 4, 2013
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's proposed legislation would legalize dragnet surveillance of Americans, privacy advocates warn

The USA Freedom Act would end what the lawmakers describe as the dragnet collection of U.S. phone records under Section 215 of the FISA law, its backers say. It also seeks to prevent the NSA and other intelligence agencies from using other provisions of the Patriot Act to justify bulk collection of phone records and other data on U.S. residents.

The Leahy and Sensenbrenner proposal "is much more of a reform bill," Butler said. "It is a bill that says quote forcefully that any kind of bulk records collection is not permitted by law."


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