Senators Wyden And Udall Pledge To Strengthen USA Freedom Act By Closing Surveillance Backdoor

from the that-would-be-good dept

By now, it should be well known that Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are the two key truth-tellers in Congress when it comes to what kind of surveillance is being done by the intelligence community. If they ask a question, assume the answer is "yes." With the introduction of the new USA Freedom Act in the Senate, we noted that, while it does take a big step forward, there is a lot more that can be done. Wyden and Udall have released a statement noting that they plan to seek to strengthen the bill with an amendment to close the backdoor search "loophole" which is used by the entire intelligence community to spy on Americans. It's unfortunate that Leahy didn't include that in the original bill -- and it suggests that there might not (yet) be enough support to close the backdoor. But this is a massively important issue -- as Wyden and Udall have been pointing out for quite some time now. Hopefully, enough noise can be made that this important change is added to the bill.
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Filed Under: backdoor searches, mark udall, privacy, ron wyden, section 702, surveillance, usa freedom act


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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2014 @ 3:14pm

    Response to: Joe Shades on Jul 29th, 2014 @ 2:36pm

    Good thing EFF us challenging the search+seizure in court eh?

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