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Senate kills bill that would have reined in NSA and rampant surveillance

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Yesterday the Senate axed The USA Freedom Act, which missed the chance to be debated by just two "yes" votes. With it goes what privacy advocates had called the best opportunity yet to curb the country's run-amok surveillance.

Beefed-up Senate bill takes a swing at the NSA

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If it emerges unscathed from the chamber, it could mean an end to bulk metadata collection, an end to the secrecy the government's been operating under, and reform of the USA Patriot Act that's been used to grant it vast surveillance rights.

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US senators propose legislation to throttle NSA's domestic spying

US senators propose legislation to throttle NSA's domestic spying

Senator Patrick Leahy, along with other US senators, has introduced a bill to limit National Security Agency (NSA) spying on domestic targets.

They're not asking for it to stop, mind you - just that it be more transparent with regards to privacy.