Rep. James Sensenbrenner

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec. 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-Terror Lawmaker Wants To Scale Back Laws He Championed Due To NSA Overreach

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics.