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Opinion: NSA Dragnet “Violates the Spirit of Framers’ Intentions”

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

November 26, 2013

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) write in an op-ed for The New York Times that, “The bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records—so-called metadata—by the National Security Agency (NSA) is, in our view, a clear case of a general warrant that violates the spirit of the framers’ intentions.” The senators opine that there’s no proof of the program’s usefulness in protecting national security and call for an end to it while promoting their Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act and expressing disappointment with the Intelligence Committee for rejecting the act in multiple forms. Meanwhile, some are questioning the credibility of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications, which will soon deliver a report on the NSA’s surveillance activities, saying it is made up of administration insiders. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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