RT: Elizabeth Goitein on NSA Reform Bill

November 1, 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill called the FISA Improvement Act on October 31st. Committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called the reforms "prudent, responsible and meaningful," but critics say the bill actually gives the National Security Agency more legal protections to continue its bulk data collection. Previously, the NSA used its own interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act to spy on American citizens, and the FISA Improvement Act would codify that program into law. There is a separate, competing bill that would end the NSA's ability to conduct bulk collection of phone records. RT's Sam Sacks speaks to Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, about what NSA reform efforts should look like.