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From the POGO BLOG of 5/8/14:

Weakened USA FREEDOM Act in the Works

“A weakened version of the USA Freedom Act unanimously passed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [5/7] and reportedly was approved today [5/8] by the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence—clearing the way for the bill to be debated on the House Floor.

“But the bill omits critical government reporting requirements included in the original USA FREEDOM Act as introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

“POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian said: ‘We are deeply troubled that much-needed reforms to shine a light on surveillance activities were not considered by House Judiciary yesterday. We cannot expect this bill to protect privacy and civil liberties while the public and Congress continue to be in the dark about the policies in practice.’ ”

Go to the Pogo Blog site for the rest of their comments.