by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 2:11pm
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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