Senators Announce Bill That Will End NSA Collection of Phone Records
A bill has been introduced in the senate that looks to end the data collection of cell phone records by the National Security Agency. The spy program was brought to light by Edward Snowden in early summer and has had bipartisan opposition in congress as well many who support the program, citing national security as their reasoning.
What may come as a shock to some, the group of senators bringing the bill to the table is primarily made up of democrats. I guess as the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. The sponsors of the bill include, Four U.S. Senators — Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky). It seems that no matter what side the aisle legislation is coming from, if it defends our constitutional rights, Rand Paul’s name is always right there.
Senator Wyden’s office issued a press release stating, “”It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic surveillance and other unjustified intrusions on Americans’ constitutional rights, make improvements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and provide for greater transparency from government entities and the private sector.”
In a 217-205 vote in July, the House narrowly defeated an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have sharply limited the NSA’s ability to collect electronic information which was mainly shut down by establishment Republicans and even some Tea Party members.
“These reforms are the right thing to do, but they are also essential to the public believing that the system is complying with the law,” Blumenthal said.
Wyden said their legislation would show that “our liberty and our security are not mutually exclusive.”
The bill will meet strong opposition from establishment Republicans and Democrats on both side of the fence. So what can you do? Call your senators and threaten their job over this vote just as many of us did when they threatened our second amendment rights. For a full list of senator’s phone numbers, click HERE!