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Wisconsin Congressman Sensenbrenner looks to overhaul NSA

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner plans to offer a bill as early as Tuesday to limit the government's ability to read your e-mails and see who you're calling.

The Menomonee Falls lawmaker says he'll propose an overhaul of the National Security Agency that's similar to a plan drafted by Democrats.

The House Intelligence Committee is considering more modest changes. That panel is expected to hear today from top U.S. intelligence leaders who are expected to defend current surveillance efforts in the name of fighting terrorism.

National pundits say Sensenbrenner has gone 180 degrees on security issues. That's after he championed the USA Patriot Act following 9-11, and accused privacy advocates of "exaggeration" for raising concerns about domestic spying when the act was re-authorized in 2006.

Sensenbrenner said the NSA's sweep of millions of Americans' phone and Internet records goes far beyond what he ever intended in the Patriot Act. He recently told an interviewer there needs to be a balance between security and civil liberties.

Sensenbrenner said the intelligence committee has gotten into trouble because, "They apparently do not see why civil liberties have got to be protected."