Civil liberties advocate says Congress should revoke NSA authority to collect phone records

Attorney Neema Singh Guliani told Hill.TV on Tuesday that Congress should revoke the National Security Agency's (NSA) authority to collect Americans' phone call and text message records, which was first implemented following the 9/11 terror attacks. 

"Congress should take away the authority of the NSA to collect the records under this program," Guliani, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, told hosts Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"What we've seen is that the program does not have national security value. It raises significant privacy and civil liberty concerns, and the government has shown that it can't comply with the law," she continued. 

The Trump administration may not ask Congress to renew the program, which reportedly has not been used in months, according to a top national security aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). 

The news has provided privacy advocates with newfound energy to call for stricter limits on domestic surveillance programs. 

"It's not enough to just address this problem, the government has a wide range of authorities," Guliani told Hill.TV. "The NSA can collect all kinds of records using similar authorities to this one, and we really have to start getting a handle on those, and talk about what additional reforms are needs to protect Americans' rights."

— Julia Manchester