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Monday, June 23, 2014

Himes Says House-Approved NSA Restrictions Too Broad

By Ann Radelat

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes was in the minority of lawmakers – and the only member of the Connecticut delegation – to vote today against an amendment that would end the National Security Agency’s practice of warrantless “back door searches” of the contents of American phone calls and e-mails.

The NSA had collected this information when it swept up information on targeted foreigners. But, given the vastness of NSA databases, information on Americans’ communications was also swept up.

An amendment to the defense appropriations bill introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., would prohibit the NSA from collecting data from warrantless searches on Americans. It was approved on a 293-123 vote.

The amendment would also block the NSA and CIA from forcing software and hardware providers to include “back door” technology in their products that allow these government agencies easy access to customer communications.

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