08.21.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On Release Of FISA Documents

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday responded to the release of documents by the Director of National Intelligence related to government surveillance activities.  Leahy recently introduced the bipartisan FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 to reform and improve certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act.  He also chaired a hearing recently on privacy rights and national security featuring top administration officials.] 

“The American people deserve to know when and why a court has declared government surveillance activities unconstitutional, particularly when they involve the warrantless collection of emails.  Today’s release of documents by the Director of National Intelligence begins to appropriately draw back the curtain on the secret law of government surveillance, and they also underscore the need for increased oversight and stronger protections for Americans’ privacy. This will be the subject of another Judiciary Committee hearing in the coming weeks.”

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