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Today, Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI), introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, which aims to curb the abuses that have led to the mass surveillance of our communications by the National Security Agency.
The following can be attributed to Sherwin Siy, Vice President of Legal Affairs for Public Knowledge:
"The USA FREEDOM Act does the vitally necessary work of stopping the bulk phone records program as well as ending the back-door collection of American's communications. As the scope of the legal abuses by the NSA become increasingly clear, and any justification for these programs wears increasingly thin, an increasing number of voices are calling for reform.
"This bill ensures substantial, meaningful reform. It's supported by a longstanding champion of civil liberties against government surveillance in Chairman Leahy, and by one of the principal authors of the Patriot Act in Chairman Sensenbrenner. The fact that they both agree that the NSA is wielding spying powers never intended by the law is a clear sign that these reforms are essential to reining in these warrantless searches and seizures."