Eight senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require the Attorney General to declassify significant opinions made by courts operating under the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
If the bipartisan bill was law, it would have required the government to reveal its collection of Verizon phone records and the PRISM Internet data mining program.
“Americans deserve to know how much information about their private communications the government believes it’s allowed to take under the law,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who is spearheading the effort alongside Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
The effort has the backing of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), according to a release from Wyden’s office.
Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have also signed on as co-sponsors to the proposed legislation.
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