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Maxine Waters takes on the NSA

April 30, 2014
In The News
Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles), who last year pushed legislation to limit the U.S. National Security Agency's ability to collect electronic data on American citizens, will moderate a public forum about domestic spying tonight on the Loyola Marymount University campus.

Panelists include ACLU legislative counsel Gabe Rottman, John C. Eastman of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and "Dragnet Nation" author Julia Angwin, a ProPublica reporter.

In July, Waters voted in favor of a defense appropriation amendment that would have limited the NSA's flexibility in interpreting laws that allow electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens through the agency's PRISM program. The amendment was defeated 217 votes to 205.

Waters plans to discuss proposed changes to government data collection programs, the balance between national security and civil liberties and aspects of NSA activities that remain unknown.

The panel starts at 7 p.m. at Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Call (323) 757-8900 for information.