Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today sent a follow-up letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the Department of Justice’s interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The justification the administration uses for bulk collection could potentially support the bulk collection of other records, including financial records, records of firearms sales, and countless other commercial transactions.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “We know the NSA is collecting details of every American’s phone records.  The strained legal argument the Obama administration relies on for this authority would seem to justify the dragnet collection of other types of personal data as well.  What other records is the administration collecting in bulk on innocent Americans?

“While targets of terrorist investigations need to remain classified, programs used to collect such information should be up for public debate.

“Soon, I will be introducing the USA FREEDOM Act – comprehensive legislation to end the bulk collection of Americans’ communication records, protect companies who work with the government and increase the transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). This bipartisan, bicameral effort will be led by Ranking Member Conyers and me in the House and Senator Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in the Senate.”