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Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Senate bill would validate NSA spying, critics say"

FourthAmendment.com excerpts an article from The Washington Post:

Privacy advocates and at least one U.S. senator are expressing concern that legislation introduced Thursday would not only endorse the National Security Agency’s collection of all Americans’ phone records, but also give the agency permission to collect massive amounts of their e-mail records.

The bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which advanced out of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would codify limits that a special court has placed on the NSA’s use of the records.

But if the FISA Improvements Act became law, Congress would be validating expansive powers that have been claimed by the NSA and upheld by a court — but never explicitly written into statute — to harvest the phone and e-mail records of millions of Americans, the advocates say.

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It definitely seems to do more to cement bulk collection than constrain it. It passed 11-4. The vote breakdown is below.
Democrats
Dianne Feinstein, California, Chairman
John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia
Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland
Mark Warner, Virginia
Angus King, Maine
Ron Wyden, Oregon N
Mark Udall, Colorado N
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico N

Republicans
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia, Vice Chairman
Richard Burr, North Carolina
James E. Risch, Idaho
Daniel Coats, Indiana
Marco Rubio, Florida
Susan Collins, Maine
Tom Coburn, Oklahoma N

Posted by: Broden Mickelsen | Nov 19, 2013 3:19:11 PM

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