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Bill to Curb NSA Spying Introduced Today

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  • The bill enhances oversight by requiring Inspector General audits on the use of Section 215 orders, NSLs, and other surveillance authorities under the USA Patriot Act, as well as a comprehensive review of Section 702 surveillance by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.
  • Impose Safeguards On National Security Letters

    • The USA Freedom Act adopts a single standard for Section 215 and National Security Letters to ensure the government does not move the bulk collection program under a different authority. It also limits the types of records that can be obtained using NSLs, which do not require court approval.

    • The bill fixes a constitutional deficiency found by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Doe v. Mukasey, by allowing meaningful judicial review of any non disclosure order issued to the recipient of a NSL.
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