Serial No. 109-131: Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 5825, September 12, 2006   [open pdf - 501KB]

From the opening statement of Daniel E. Lungren: "Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. As we remember the loss of our fellow citizens, a recurring question is raised regarding whether America is safer today than it was on September 11, 2001. […] Safer does not mean that there is any room for complacency as the events in Bali, Madrid, Oman others, including London on 7/ 7, indicate we are still at war with an enemy that is fully devoted to one thing; that is the murder of innocent people. In this regard, it is a primary responsibility of Government to protect its citizens from violence. Understanding this, Congress must ensure that the law enforcement and the intelligence communities are equipped with the proper tools to fight a 21st century war against an enemy which operates by stealth and surreptitious means. This Congress has already acted to provide law enforcement and intelligence officers with enhanced capability through the enactment of important legislation like the USA PATRIOT Act, Homeland Security Act and Intelligence Reform Act. Now we need to streamline the FISA process and make it technology neutral. These are the express goals of H.R. 5852, the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act. Today we will hear testimony on the bill and suggestions for possible improvements to the legislation in order to achieve these goals." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Robert C. Scott, John Eisenberg, Vito Potenza, Kate Martin, Bruce Fein, and John Conyers,

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