The US Senate voted against reining in the NSA’s spying powers tonight, shooting down a proposal that was supported not just by intelligence reform groups, but by the director of the NSA himself.
The USA Freedom Act needed 60 Senate votes to pass its key procedural vote, and it failed to get them. The bill got 58 yes votes and 42 no votes.
The bill will stop the government from engaging in bulk phone surveillance. Instead, Americans’ phone information will remain with the phone companies and can only be searched by request, with specific selection terms.