A House panel is expected to vote on a proposal Wednesday ending the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program.
The bill, called the USA Freedom Act, would remove the massive database of phone calling metadata from the NSA’s hands. The plan would require the nation’s spies to get approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to access a terror target’s phone-metadata records directly from the telcos.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is expected to pass the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and move to the House floor, where it faces an uncertain fate. The plan also allows the NSA to demand that metadata from a target be expanded two degrees, or two hops. That greatly increases the number of people the NSA can eyeball beyond the original target. A similar version of the plan is pending before a Senate panel.
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