Liberty Through Strength Act

According to Salon.com, the far-right Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is using the terrorist attack in Paris as a reason to introduce the Liberty Through Strength Act, which would delay the upcoming implementation of the USA Freedom Act.

The USA Freedom Act was passed in June to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection program, which a federal appeals court ruled unconstitutional in May.  That collection program was authorized under the Patriot Act after 9/11, and allowed the NSA to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk and store them in huge databases for years.

Salon writes that under the USA Freedom Act, phone records being accessed by the NSA would instead remain stored with the wireless carriers who operate the nation’s cellular phone networks.

The government could only access that information with specific warrants and requests related to investigations.

According to Arkansas Online, Mr. Cotton voted against the USA Freedom Act.

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