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White House Pushes Limits to NSA Bulk Collection Program

“The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to pass a bipartisan bill that would end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records,” according to The Washington Post .  

“The White House’s support for the USA Freedom Act, which preserves the government’s ability to obtain more limited amounts of records, comes as the House is expected to pass it on Wednesday. That sets up a showdown in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing another bill that would maintain the NSA program of mass collection and renew it through 2020.”  

The Hill : “The National Security Agency isn’t making any policy changes following a sweeping federal court ruling against its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records last week. Instead, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers said in his first public comments since Thursday’s ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the ball was back in Congress’s court, and it was up to lawmakers to consider how the agency should proceed.”  

“The comments largely echo the instructions from the top appeals court, which declined to dismantle the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, even while declaring it illegal. Instead, knowing that a legal deadline looms at the end of the month, the court effectively held off, deferring to Congress to either explicitly allow the NSA operation or reform it by law.”

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