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Topic - Michelle Richardson
Congress took the first steps Thursday to restrain the NSA's phone-snooping program, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein laying out details of a bill that require phone data be deleted more quickly and agents to let a secret court know immediately every time they want to dig through the data.
Opponents of a bill to let private companies share cybersecurity information with the federal government vowed Thursday to continue their fight, saying the proposed law would lead to broader government monitoring of the Internet.
"The justifications keep getting broader and crazier as time goes on," said Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. "I think what you're seeing is sort of the last grasp here for a justification for these programs. I think it demonstrates that what they've been saying for the last three months is not persuasive for Congress or the American public."
"Congress should initiate a full investigation," she added.