'Patriot Act' Author Seeks 'USA Freedom Act' to Rein In NSA

Jim Sensenbrenner bracing for showdown in House, Senate on bipartisan NSA bill.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Voting Rights Act on Capitol Hill on July 17, 2013, in Washington.

The controversy over the collection of the data began when former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden released details of the widespread nature of the collection of phone and email records pertaining to U.S. citizens. Since then, there have been various revelations about the collection of data from email service providers, Internet search engines and social media companies. That has spawned various attempts to halt the NSA's data collection, which various entities in the federal government have claimed has been useful in thwarting terrorist attacks against Americans, both at home and abroad.

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