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Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

Washington (AFP) – The Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday that ends the government’s bulk telephone data dragnet, reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

The House of Representatives has already passed the measure, which also reauthorizes key national security programs that had lapsed early this week. With the Senate rejecting Republican attempts to modify the bill, it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Photo: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to to his office at the US Capitol on June 1, 2015 in Washington, DC (Getty/AFP / Chip Somodevilla)

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  • Dominick Vila

    Looks like Sens. Paul and Rubio achieved their goal. In any case, the fact that communication companies will continue to gather information relative to who we call, who calls us, and the length of the conversations, should allow our national security agencies to get the information they need to stay ahead of terrorist organizations. Hopefully, the information will be available and timely, otherwise, if anything goes wrong, you can bet the Republicans that pushed for this change will back pedal and blame everyone but themselves.

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    This article is only partly true. Our Congress has expanded this unconstitutional invasion of privacy.( I’d like to know where all those pocket editions of our Constitution
    were when these losers voted to extend this unAmerican program.) Although it did remove the massive collection of data from the NSA, it just dumped the
    responsibility onto the Telcos, from which the NSA, CIA and FBI can pick
    through it at will…But the biggest inroad into our privacy that isn’t
    discussed by the press, is that the ‘Freedom Act’ (sic) has expanded
    data collection into ‘cell phones’. This is not really a shrinking of the
    intrusive ‘alphabet spooks’ powers, but a real expansion. Thank you Mitch
    McConnell and John Boehner, for ignoring your American heritage, the
    Constitution and the citizenry!

  • R Michael Maddox

    I really do not know which is worse: NSA looking at my call log or Verizon giving access to my log to whomever asks for it. Why Americans are so willing to give up our FREEDOMS” for security, so called security. I AGREE 100% with “Urbane_Gorilla”, This is a travesty of JUSTICE!! If they were doing their jobs, they would NOT have to take my Constitutional Freedoms!! JUST PLAIN SICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!