Original commentary by Nadia Kayyali published April 22, 2014 on EFF’s Deeplinks blog.
It’s been over ten months since the Guardian published the first disclosure of secret documents confirming the true depths of NSA surveillance, and Congress has still not touched the shoddy legal architecture of NSA spying.
There have been myriad NSA bills presented in Congress since last June. None of them are comprehensive proposals that fix all the problems. Many of them seem to be dead in the water, languishing in committee.
However, several proposals remain contenders. Some are deceptive fake fixes, disguised as reform while attempting to further entrench dragnet surveillance, while some of them are an excellent starting point for real change.