‘Why are we being surveilled? What are we doing that’s so suspicious?'”
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Colorado lawmakers are pushing several bills this year that seek to limit government surveillance — proposals that have gained momentum in the wake of revelations about federal collection of phone and email records.
Some of the bills have been in the works for a couple of years, but lawmakers say disclosures about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and the long-standing debate over the adoption of the Patriot Act following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has helped spur a conversation.
“This … made everyday people at their kitchen table say, ‘Why are we being surveilled? What are we doing that’s so suspicious?'” said Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton.