House Fight Brews Over NSA Stasi State
Rep. Justin Amash has a plan to rollback unconstitutional snooping by the super-secret agency
July 24, 2013
Edward Snowdenâ€™s revelations of Stasi state surveillance by the NSA have led to belated action in Congress to clip the agencyâ€™s wings.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on an amendment proposed for next yearâ€™s defense appropriations bill that â€śbars authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Actâ€ť by the super-secret agency.
â€śNone of the funds made available by this Act may be used to collect tangible things (including telephone numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming calls, and the duration of calls) pursuant to an order under section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) if such things do not pertain to a person who is the subject of an investigation described in such section,â€ť the amendment reads.