Reform Bill May Give NSA More Power to Spy on Americans

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(National Journal / Worthy News)-- Lawmakers want to rein in the National Security Agency, but their bill could actually give the agency access to more Americans' records.

Rick Ledgett, the NSA's deputy director, acknowledged during a Senate hearing Thursday that the USA Freedom Act could "potentially" help the NSA gain access to records on millions of cell phone calls that are currently out of the agency's reach.

"Under the guise of further protecting privacy … the universe [of call records] will be exponentially larger than what the prior system was," Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, warned during the hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

So while the bill would reduce the total number of records in the NSA's possession, it could allow the NSA to spy on cell-phone calls that it is currently unable to access.


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