Congressman Jared Polis announced plans to join a coalition launching a bill to address the National Security Agency’s (NSA) recently exposed surveillance practices.
The measure would restrict provisions of the Patriot Act when it comes to the federal government’s collection of information on American citizens who are not involved in an ongoing investigation, according to a statement his office released this week.
“The recent revelations of the NSA’s data-mining program is just another example of the federal government’s continued abuse of the overly broad powers provided under the Patriot Act,” Polis stated in the release. “Our bill will not only bring much needed transparency to instances of surveillance on innocent Americans, but will also provide limitations to the federal government’s use of the Patriot Act.”
The bill, dubbed the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act, or LIBERT-E, has bipartisan support from members of the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Liberty Caucus.
Backers say the measure would allow Congress to have access to sealed court opinions and require unclassified summaries of the opinions to be released to the public.
— Daily News staff report