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Senators demand independent review of surveillance programs exposed by Snowden

 The group, led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and including lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, sent the request to I. Charles McCullough III at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Monday this week urging for the inspector general to conduct “comprehensive reviews” of the activities conducted under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Earlier this year, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked top-secret national security documents to the media suggesting the federal government has largely misrepresented to the American public the way it utilizes those provisions to collect data on US citizens.

Recent disclosures about classified government surveillance activities have generated significant public discussion about the breadth of these programs, many of which are conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the need for appropriate oversight and checks and balances,” the lawmakers wrote.

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