Potential Changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, October 29, 2013   [open pdf - 6MB]

This testimony compilation is from the October 29, 2013 hearing, "Potential Changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)," before the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From the opening statement of Chairman Mike Rogers: "Today's hearing will provide an open forum to discuss potential amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and possible changes to the way FISA applications are handled by the Department of Justice and the NSA [National Security Administration]. I hope that all of our witnesses will give clear answers about how proposals under consideration in Congress would affect the NSA's ability to stop terrorist attacks before they occur. […] We are also looking at providing more transparency into FISA Court orders whenever possible. Reforms to the statute could include requiring more court orders to be declassified or publicly released in redacted form. Additional transparency into the process may also be helpful. For example, we could put into statute the process and standards for how information incidentally collected about U.S. persons who are not the targets of our programs is handled and require more public reporting on the number of times that happens. The recent debate over NSA programs often misses the fact that the 215 and 702 collection programs are conducted wholly within the bounds of the law and are approved by the FISA Court. More transparency can help share that outstanding track record with the American people." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike Rogers, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, James Clapper, James Cole, Keith Alexander, Chris Inglis, Steven G. Bradbury, Stewart A. Baker, and Stephen I. Vladeck.

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