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Demand Progress Lauds Introduction of USA FREEDOM Act

Leading member of StopWatchingUs Coalition supports effort to curtail NSA, urges opposition to competing Feinstein bill.

Demand Progress, a leading member of the StopWatchingUs coalition, co-organizer of last weekend's Rally Against Mass Surveillance, and major grassroots force behind the nearly-successful Amash amendment to defund mass spying, praised today's impending introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act.
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According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, "When the Snowden leaks first emerged in June -- and after years of disregard for our civil liberties by our own government -- it was unclear whether our efforts to rein in the NSA would even find more than a handful of strong allies in Congress. After the Amash amendment's razor-thin loss, and the introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act with dozens of cosponsors, it is increasingly clear that many in the halls of power are listening to the tens of millions across this country who know that the NSA must be restrained."
The USA FREEDOM Act, to be introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) would end bulk collection of American's "meta-data", increase Americans' protections from warrantless wiretapping, increases transparency, and creates and adversarial process in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Meanwhile, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) are poised to introduce as yet unnamed legislation that would entrench surveillance powers.
"Feinstein and Rogers are the surveillance apparatus's biggest acolytes in Congress -- and they're doing right by their paymasters, by broadly defending the NSA even after rampant abuse and the concomitant public outcry for reform."
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