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How Much of the NSA Can Congress Rein In?

Two bills introduced in late October aim to address the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs, but neither would fully end the government's massive collection of digital data.

December 5, 2013
<p class="p1">The <span class="s1">FISA</span> Improvements Act, sponsored by Sen. Dianne <span class="s1">Feinstein</span>, D<span class="s2">-</span>Calif.<span class="s1">,</span> would <span class="s3">do </span>little to fundamentally alter the surveillance state beyond demanding increased transparency measures. The <span class="s1">USA</span> Freedom Act, championed by Rep. Jim <span class="s1">Sensenbrenner</span>, R<span class="s2">-</span>Wis.<span class="s1">,</span> would end the bulk collection of communications records <span class="s2">as </span>allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act (which <span class="s1">Sensenbrenner</span> also authored) but would not restrict surveillance conducted by right of executive order.</p>
The FISA Improvements Act, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein , D - Calif. , would do little to fundamentally alter the surveillance state beyond demanding increased transparency measures. The USA Freedom Act, championed by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner , R - Wis. , would end the bulk collection of communications records as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act (which Sensenbrenner also authored) but would not restrict surveillance conducted by right of executive order. (The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New Yorker)

The FISA Improvements Act, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would do little to fundamentally alter the surveillance state beyond demanding increased transparency measures. The USA Freedom Act, championed by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., would end the bulk collection of communications records as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act (which Sensenbrenner also authored) but would not restrict surveillance conducted by right of executive order.

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