U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has been fighting this battle for awhile and is heartened others are agreeing with him.
"Collecting all these meta data, it is not inoffensive data colelction -- it is digital surveillance, that's number one. Number two, a number of the past arguments is collection of these mass phone records is routine. It's like a grand jury and that's just misleading."
Wyden says a lot of the recommendations of the NSA panel have a lot a reformer will like. They want to end the bulk collection of phone records and significantly reform the FISA court.