Two top Obama administration officials this week endorsed proposed reforms in the intelligence community's bulk collection of data on Americans.
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Director of National Intelligence James R.
The Leahy bill, which has 18 co-sponsors, including three Republicans, would provide a stricter definition of the search terms used by the
The bill has been criticized by some liberals as not going far enough, but others, including the
Holder and Clapper said the Leahy bill "preserves essential intelligence community capabilities" and described it as a "reasonable compromise that enhances privacy and civil liberties and increases transparency," according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Times.