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Senate pursues law to limit NSA surveillance

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 26, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein says the Senate Intelligence Committee is drafting legislation to limit the National Security Agency's access to U.S. phone and email data in an effort to win back public trust following disclosures about widespread domestic surveillance.

The California Democrat and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, say their proposal would limit the NSA's access to phone records and the length of time the records are kept, and prohibit collecting a call's content.

NSA would have to report every time it uses the database and the number of leads it generates to additional surveillance or an FBI investigation.

The NSA director would also be subject to Senate confirmation.

The systems have been under scrutiny since a former NSA analyst disclosed details about classified surveillance programs.

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