The Constitution Project endorses legislation to curb bulk collection of American’s telephone and internet records by the National Security Agency and to provide greater transparency of policies underlying government surveillance programs, according to Virginia Sloan, president of the bipartisan legal watchdog group. Called the USA Freedom Act, the bipartisan legislation was introduced on October 29 by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). When it was introduced, the bill had more than 70 cosponsors in the House and 17 in the Senate.
“We applaud this effort to pass comprehensive intelligence reform that prohibits the government’s massive and suspicionless spying on the American people and that gives them the information they need to determine whether government surveillance has gone too far,” Sloan said in a press release. She said the new bill provides “a good balance between protecting the American people’s fundamental civil liberties and privacy rights, while still preserving the ability of the intelligence community to gather the targeted information it needs to help keep America safe.”
The USA Freedom Act would: