Senators back bipartisan NSA reform bill to curb US surveillance

Four senators working on efforts to limit US government spying programs have announced a comprehensive package of surveillance reforms.

"The draft bill represented the first sign that key Republican and Democratic figures in the Senate are beginning to coalesce around a raft of proposals to roll back the powers of the National Security Agency in the wake of top-secret disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden." [theguardian.com]

A bipartisan group of lawmakers including Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are leading the efforts. Read more at Wyden's website.

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  1. I hope that this same group will pursue legal action against those in the NSA who broke the law.

  2. Sit down, pick up the phone, and call your senator. Order them to support this bill. This bill and bills like them might be the most important legislation in American history.

  3. I want this to make it to the President's desk, and I want to see if he'll veto.

  4. I'm more than slightly worried that this is being used to distract attention from the fact that the whole Homeland Security structure is broken in much the same ways. NSA is easy to villify. What's being done about everything from Gitmo to TSA to...?

  5. My point, as I said, is that BoingBoing is an exception in that regard.

    I'm not criticizing the NSA posts here (at least, not from this angle). I'm observing that the media, and the politicians -- not necessarily in that order -- have jumped on the NSA issues with all the fervor of someone trying not to deal with issues that are less convenient and less soundbite-friendly.

    And, in any case: http://xkcd.com/1269/

    (I'm also reminded of the cartoon I saw decades ago, in which a gentleman is angrily declaiming "As an American, I deeply resent being spied upon by the CIA -- it should be the FBI, or nobody!")

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