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FBI Says It Has No Clue How Many Americans It Spies On; Senator Calls for Reform

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has no idea how many Americans it spies on.

Time reports that the FBI keeps very few records on domestic surveillance, a discovery that incensed Sen. Rob Wyden, D-Ore.

Wyden requested information on the number of American citizens who are subject to FBI surveillance and ended up with more questions than answers.

“The FBI does not track how many queries it conducts using U.S. person identifiers,” the letter says. “the FBI does not distinguish between U.S. and non-U.S. persons for purposes of querying Section 702 collection.”

Wyden was not happy about what he called a “huge gap in oversight.”

“When the FBI says it conducts a substantial number of searches and it has no idea of what the number is, it shows how flawed this system is and the consequences of inadequate oversight,” Wyden said in a statement.

NSA Surveillance on Domestic Calls Narrowly Dodged a House Plan to End the Controversial Practice

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House narrowly rejected a plan that would have limited the controversial collection of telephone records on domestic calls Wednesday after the extent of the surveillance was leaked last month, the USA Today reports.

The 217-205 vote means the NSA can continue collecting domestic surveillance without as much as a warrant.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., proposed the amendment and managed to round up a group of conservatives, libertarians and liberals to support it.

The move would have required NSA to collect data more discriminately by focusing on individual suspects.

But critics said the amendment would have killed a powerful tool to keep the country safe from terrorism.

Congress to Consider Restricting NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Programs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The growing controversy over NSA’s domestic surveillance programs is likely to spark legislative debates that could change the extent to which feds can snoop on Americans, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

Elected officials have been growing increasingly concerned about the NSA since Edward Swowden leaked information about the surveillance last month.

“People at the NSA in particular have heard a constant public drumbeat about a laundry list of nefarious things they are alleged to be doing to spy on Americans — all of them wrong,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, said last month. “The misperceptions have been great, yet they keep their heads down and keep working every day to keep us safe.”

Members of Congress said they are getting inpatient, McClatchy Newspapers wrote.

“I think the administration and the NSA has had six weeks to answer questions and haven’t done a good job at it,” said Rep. Rick Larsen, a Washington Democrat.