Happening now: Senate Judiciary Cmte holds hearing on “Reauthorizing the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015.” Deputy Asst Atty Gen for Natl Security Brad Wiegmann, FBI Deputy Asst Dir Michael Orlando, Natl Security Agency’s Susan Morgan, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chair Adam Klein, George Mason Univ Antonin Scalia Law School Natl Security Institute founder and executive director Jamil Jaffer, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Liberty & Nationall Security Program director Elizabeth Goitein testify.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored and modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of telecommunication metadata on U.S. citizens by American intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency. It also restores authorization for roving wiretaps and tracking lone wolf terrorists. The title of the act is a ten-letter backronym (USA FREEDOM) that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015.