I posted this earlier on another thread, but it seems appropriate here.
Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Tom Udall Unveil Bill To Reform FISA Court
Posted: 08/01/2013 2:43 pm EDT | Updated: 08/01/2013 7:05 pm EDT
WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic senators introduced legislation Thursday to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court amid revelations that it secretly authorizes widespread surveillance of Americans.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), all vocal critics of the National Security Agency's dragnet data collection, announced two new bills that would change the FISA court to a more adversarial system and appoint a special advocate to protect privacy and individual rights. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill, the three Democrats slammed the court for its lack of transparency and oversight; they also emphasized a growing desire among lawmakers to respond as more information comes out on the federal government's surveillance methods.