Chairman Leahy Calls For End of NSA Telephone Surveillance Program

Senator Patrick Leahy said in an oversight hearing that the NSA's domestic telephone surveillance program should be terminated. "This program is not effective. It has to end," said the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Leahy has also introduced the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act, to strengthen oversight of the government surveillance programs. Representatives from the NSA and Justice Department testified about the legality of the NSA's collection of all telephone records in the United States. But both Democratic and Republican Committee members expressed concern about the scope and secrecy of the program. EPIC has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the legal authority of the FISA Court to authorize the NSA's program. For more information, see In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance.

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