CD037: NSA Spying Debate

CD037: NSA Spying Debate

Jul 26, 2013

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tried to attach an amendment to the Department of Defense funding bill for 2014 which would have limited the government’s authority to collect our telephone records. The amendment failed but not by much; the episode highlights the debate.

Links to Information in This Episode

Text of the Amash Amendment

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the 
     following new section:
       Sec. __.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used to execute a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 
     order pursuant to section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence 
     Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) that does not 
     include the following sentence: ``This Order limits the 
     collection of any tangible things (including telephone 
     numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming calls, and the 
     duration of calls) that may be authorized to be collected 
     pursuant to this Order to those tangible things that pertain 
     to a person who is the subject of an investigation described 
     in section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 
     of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861).''.

Who Voted for/against the Amash Amendment?

The FISA court

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Representatives Quoted in This Episode

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