November 1, 2013

SPYING: Feinstein shows off NSA “reform” bill that’s really about the status quo.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been one of the most stalwart defenders of widespread NSA surveillance since leaks with information about the programs started seeping out nearly five months ago. Civil libertarians and reformers have been none too pleased with her rhetoric—and they’re not going to get any happier after reading the bill she introduced today.

The FISA Improvements Act has already attracted plenty of critics who view it as no improvement at all. In fact, they say, Feinstein’s bill would make things much worse. It would actually enshrine the NSA “bulk data” collection programs into law and grant official Congressional approval to widespread surveillance programs that haven’t ever received such affirmation before.

Her bill comes on the heels of a competing bill introduced earlier this week that reformers say would be a real step in the right direction.

Question: How many of these California/Silicon Valley civil libertarians voted against Feinstein?

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