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Representatives Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner to offer reform proposals to the USA PATRIOT Act

The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) held a closed hearing on the morning of September 18th to hear from senior intelligence officials. Reports about the hearing indicate that current HJC Chairperson, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is “convinced that further protections are necessary;” he announced intentions to propose legislation that would bring “more protections.”

Apparently, at the same hearing, the author of the original USA PATRIOT Act, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who was chair of the same committee in October 2001, said that he is now drafting legislation to limit collection of phone call data by the NSA as well as to authorize more transparency about the actions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Others testifying at this hearing included: James Cole, the deputy attorney general; Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence; John Inglis, the deputy director of the National Security Agency; and Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s assistant director of counter terrorism.

There are nearly two dozen different reform bills introduced in the House and Senate to address the problems revealed by former government contract employee, Edward Snowden, in June 2013. Visit the American Library Association’s website for an updated list of these bills and more information about ALA’s efforts on privacy and security.

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Lynne Bradley

Lynne Bradley is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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