Washington Digest: House votes to rein in NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON — The House last week voted to end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone records, a piece of the Patriot Act decried as a privacy invasion but which the Obama administration says is crucial to detect potential terrorist attacks.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, NSA began collecting data on telephone calls that could then be analyzed for links to terrorist suspects. The secret program was revealed two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The bill that was approved 338-88 said NSA could no longer store the records but would be able to search a targeted range of data with court approval.