Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senate Consideration of the USA FREEDOM Act

“This week, leading technology executives stated unequivocally that meaningful surveillance reform is needed to prevent further damage to the American economy, and a diverse group of civil libertarians also called for real oversight of domestic surveillance authorities.  These calls for action are loud and clear and cannot be ignored.  When the Senate returns next month, it must swiftly take up and pass the USA FREEDOM Act.  There is no excuse for inaction, as the important reforms in this bipartisan bill are strongly supported by the technology industry, the privacy and civil liberties community, and national security professionals in the intelligence community.  The public has made clear where it stands on this issue, and it is time for Senators to do the same.”

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