Why Senate Halted NSA Surveillance Reforms
The USA FREEDOM Act would have ended much of the NSA's surveillance activity, but it didn’t collect enough votes to proceed through the Senate.By Evan Thomas | November 19, 2014
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to drop legislation that would have put the brakes on NSA surveillance.
The USA FREEDOM Act is self-explanatory, if convoluted. It stands for the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring.
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy sponsored the legislation, which would have ended bulk collection of phone records, appointed a special advocate to the secretive FISA court and declassified its major decisions.