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Franken and Heller Reintroduce Bill on Surveillance Transparency

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

October 31, 2013

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Dean Heller (R-NV) have reintroduced the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, Broadcasting & Cable reports. A hearing on the bill, which aims to increase transparency when it comes to government surveillance, will be held November 13. "The American public is naturally suspicious of executive power, and when things are done secretly, they tend to think that power is being abused," said Franken. The bill follows a letter written by 60 Internet companies and advocacy groups pushing the president and congressional leaders for transparency when it comes to government surveillance. Meanwhile, a law enforcement official recently said scrutiny over government surveillance threatens police use of technology to solve crimes.
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