Today, the House voted 303-121 to pass a heavily revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act. If the Senate wants to pursue meaningful NSA reform, it must restore the protections that were stripped out on the House side.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a weakened NSA reform bill this week after House leadership acquiesced to pressure from the administration and watered down transparency provisions among others.
Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved an NSA reform bill that could break the logjam between USA FREEDOM Act and the rival intelligence committee bills in both the House and Senate.
The House Judiciary Committee took up a bill that aims to close loopholes that permit the government to collect Americans’ data in bulk. But more work needs to be ensure the content of American's communications.
The New York City Police Department announced an end to its Demographics Unit. Although a positive step forward, questions remain whether it will be enough to rebuild the trust of the city's Muslim community.
While the President Obama’s plan to end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ data is a critical step forward, the administration still needs to answer key questions about when the government can search the data.