Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
April 23, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

Truthdig Bazaar
America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

By David Armstrong and Joseph J. Trento

more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House

Posted on May 5, 2014


After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Markup is a process by which lawmakers make speeches and offer amendments, and it’s the first tremor of life the Freedom Act has shown since October. The bill was authored by Republican James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, who also wrote the Patriot Act, which has been used to justify the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.

His new bill, which has 143 co-sponsors, according to The Hill, would rewrite Section 215 of the Patriot Act and part of the FISA act to limit NSA overreach. It would also provide immunity and compensation for those companies that cooperate with surveillance agencies.

A twin bill in the Senate is stuck while Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s FISA Improvements Act gains steam. Feinstein has been a staunch supporter of the NSA and accused leaker Edward Snowden of treason, so it should not surprise that the Electronic Frontier Foundation considers her reform bill a phony. “Senator Dianne Feinstein’s FISA Improvements Act (FIA) codifies some of the worst interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), one of the laws governing the NSA’s spying,” warns the digital rights watchdog.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

Lockerdome Below Article
Get a book from one of our contributors in the Truthdig Bazaar.

Related Entries

Get truth delivered to
your inbox every day.

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook