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NSA Legislation To Move This Week; Revelations Continue

SURVEILLANCE

September 30, 2013

Armed with continuing revelations like the news that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been building sophisticated graphs of Americans’ social connections, The Hill reports the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will vote this week on legislation authored by Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) that would slightly amend the NSA’s ability to collect phone records. “It would also require,” according to the report, “that the Senate confirm the NSA director and instruct the agency to produce annual reports containing statistics on its surveillance activities.” Many senators do not believe the bill goes far enough, however, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is working on his own bill that would end the phone-record collection entirely and will hold a hearing on Wednesday to examine NSA surveillance programs.
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