Monday, June 23, 2014
From The New York Times:
The measure, whose chief sponsors are Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, and Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, passed by a vote of 293-to-123 late Thursday night. It bars the National Security Agency, the Central intelligence Agency and other spy agencies from examining without a warrant Americans’ emails and other communications that were swept up into databases created to target foreigners.
The intelligence services argue that these communications are collected legally, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but they have never adequately explained why they cannot seek a warrant to go through them. The bill also prohibits the government from requiring a private company to alter its software to allow clandestine surveillance.