White House Floats Details On NSA Surveillance Revamp

Law360, New York (March 27, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Thursday detailed proposed reforms to the National Security Agency phone metadata surveillance program that would end its bulk collection of the information and require surveillance tribunal authorization of each investigative query.

President Barack Obama offered a road map for implementing through legislation the reforms laid out in his January speech on the U.S. surveillance apparatus that would replace the government’s highly criticized harvesting and retention of vast troves of domestic phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Under the proposal,...
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