In 2001, shortly after September 11th, Congress came together for a near-unanimous vote to pass the U.S. Patriot Act. That law gave authorities broad surveillance powers to fight terrorism.
But as more details emerge about what that surveillance actually involves, well, some lawmakers are having a change of heart.
Like Representative James Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin. He's considered one of the architects of the Patriot Act but recently said he was, quote "appalled" that the law had been used to spy on ordinary Americans. Sensenbrenner introduced a new law yesterday to rein those powers in.
For a look at how lawmakers are changing their views on the limits of surveillance, we're joined by Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for PRI's "The Takeaway."