Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On Release Of FISA Documents September 10, 2013

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday after the release of FISA court opinions related to the bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.  Leahy introduced in June 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, and he chaired a hearing in July on privacy rights and national security featuring top administration officials.] 

“I welcome today’s declassification and release of additional documents by the Director of National Intelligence.  Americans deserve to understand more about the NSA’s collection and use of their phone records, and in particular about the types of systemic problems revealed in these documents.  The bipartisan legislation I have introduced would put an end to the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  Today's disclosure demonstrates the need for close oversight and appropriate checks and balances, which is why the Judiciary Committee will hold further hearings to hear from Administration officials.”

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