NSA legislative overview

Here’s an overview of some of the major legislation being considered about the NSA and the FISA Amendments Act right now, based on documents by ACLU, BORDC, CDT, and EFF among others.

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

Below is a current checklist of NSA-related legislation introduced in the wake of Edward Snowden’s summer revelations.

  • Links like “H.R.####” for each bill lead to the “OpenCongress” summary page for that bill, where you can find the full text, sponsor list, and current status of the bill.
  • Alternating gray and white zones divide the bills into five types: multiple, collection, transparency, secret law, and FISC court reform.
  • Bills with an olive green or bright green bar are particularly good or excellent bills, in the estimation of key civil liberties advocacy groups; links are provided to their reviews.

Our distinction between “good” and “excellent” bills is subjective; it’s either about the scope of the bill or about its power to stop NSA abuses.  For example, MCCRC has joined the Center for Democracy and Technology’s “We Need To Know” coalition in endorsing Senator Franken’s “Surveillance Transparency Act of…

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