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To stop the government from collecting our phone records, pass the USA Freedom Act
To stop the government from collecting our phone records, pass the USA Freedom Act

Almost a year and a half after Edward Snowden revealed that the government was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans, Congress may be about to end that program — if it doesn't succumb to specious arguments from defenders of the status quo. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is proposing that the chamber take up the grandiosely titled USA Freedom Act introduced by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and supported by both the Obama administration and many (though not all) privacy advocates. The bill would end the bulk collection of so-called telephone metadata — information about the source, destination and...

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