Legislation Against NSA Spying:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the "Restore the Fourth Amendment Act" on June 7. It would require the federal government to have a warrant based on probable cause in order to access Americans' phone records.
Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mike Lee (R-UT) co-sponsored a bill on June 11 to declassify FISA court documents so that Americans know what data is being collected. This bill doesn't limit the mass data collection, it just allows Americans to know about it.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the "Restore Our Privacy Act" on June 13 "to limit overbroad surveillance requests."
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) sponsored a bill on June 18 limiting the federal government's ability to collect data from Americans. The government would need specific evidence to gain access to business records and other tangible things.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a bill on June 17 that would declassify FISA court documents so that Americans can know what data is being collected.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced similar legislation declassifying FISA court orders two days after Jackson Lee. Theirs was followed by another similar bill from Rep. Rick Larson (D-WA) on July 18.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act on June 24, which would revise the Patriot act and FISA provisions and require more evidence before the NSA accesses private data. It's co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Mark Udall (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jon Tester (D-MN).
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is trying to defund the NSA by attaching an amendment to the Dept of Defense appropriations bill: "Most important bill this week: DoD Approps. We can defund NSA's unconstitutional spying on Americans--if House leaders allow amendments" he tweeted on July 15.
Amash is joined by congress members from both sides: John Conyers (D-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Jared Polis (D-CO).
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) hopes to repeal the Patriot Act: "I will introduce legislation that would repeal the laws that brought us our current "surveillance state": the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. My bill would restore the probable cause-based warrant requirement for any surveillance against an American citizen being proposed on the basis of an alleged threat to the nation."
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has attached NSA-limiting amendments to various bills and has persuaded others to back him.
Here's a sampling of other lawmakers speaking out against NSA spying:
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen Tom Udall (D-CO): "We have yet to see any evidence that the bulk phone records collection program has provided any otherwise unobtainable intelligence. It may be more convenient for the NSA to collect this data in bulk, rather than directing specific queries to the various phone companies, but in our judgment convenience alone does not justify the collection of the personal information of huge numbers of ordinary Americans."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "It's a rude awakening to most of us that they're collecting three billion phone records a day."
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), highest-ranking Democrat on House Judiciary Committee: "This is unsustainable, it's outrageous and must be stopped immediately."
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), sponsor of the Patriot Act in 2001: "You've got to change how you operate...or you're not going to have it anymore."
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX): "Could you go to the FISA court and argue that you had a right to obtain an individual's or every American's tax return? Could you get at somebody's permanent record from school?...Could you get somebody's hotel records? Could you get my VISA, MasterCard records?...Do I have a reasonable expectation of privacy in anything but maybe a letter I hand-deliver to my wife?"
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