Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), center, has now become Congress’ most outspoken opponent to the NSA’s metadata program. Talk Radio News Service It’s almost set up like a joke: how do we fix the Patriot Act? With the USA FREEDOM Act. On Tuesday, the original Wisconsin Republican author of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), introduced a major change to the October 2011 law. It would ban the bulk collection of metadata, which the government argues is covered by Section 215 of that law (this section allows for the collection of “business records”).

Now, the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet Collection, and Online Monitoring Act” (or USA FREEDOM Act) has been introduced. With 70 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and a dozen in the Senate, it might actually have a chance of passage. 1     

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