How Much of the NSA Can Congress Rein In?

National Journal
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Dec. 5, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

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.