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So far, according to the EFF, four bills to address such dragnet surveillance have been put forth by Senators Leahy, Sanders, Udall and Wyden, and House Rep. Conyers. But, EFF reps say the bills still fall short for a couple of reasons. First, they fail to account for the NSA's much-ballyhooed PRISM program, which uses Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to collect citizens' emails and phone calls. And, secondly and perhaps more importantly, the efforts reveal just how little members of Congress know about domestic surveillance programs.

Noting congressional efforts as “drafting in the dark,” EFF's Mark Jaycox recently wrote that a more thorough investigation of internal spying programs is required. Advocating for more transparency and, critical to the cause, more accountability, he explains that “over 100 civil liberties groups and over half a million people are pushing for a special congressional investigatory committee” to undertake a deeper dive into these programs. As part of this effort, EFF has started a petition for supporters to sign that will be forwarded to legislators to encourage the organization of the investigatory committee.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
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