WASHINGTON May 22 A bill to end the
government's bulk collection of telephone records cleared the
U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday in the first
legislative effort at surveillance reform since former
contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program a year ago.
The measure would end the National Security Agency's
practice of gathering bulk information on calls made by millions
of Americans and storing them for at least five years. It would
instead leave such records in the custody of telephone
The "USA Freedom Act" would allow the NSA to collect a
person's phone records if investigators can convince the
secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court they have a
reasonable suspicion the person was involved in terrorism.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Eric Beech)