Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), joined by several other Senators, has introduced a bill that will amend certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT ACT and the FISA Amendments Act to address recent revelations about domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency. The provisions of the bill will increase the threshold for the NSA to obtain domestic metadata and require court-approved minimization procedures. In addition, the bill will move up expiration dates on surveillance authorities to June 2015. In a statement, Senator Leahy said, "these are all commonsense, practical improvement that will ensure that the broad and powerful surveillance tools being used by the Government are subject to appropriate limitations, transparency, and oversight." EPIC recommended similar proposals in testimony last year before the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, see EPIC: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and EPIC: NSA Petition.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler