Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 21, 2014   [open pdf - 4MB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 21, 2014 hearing, "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Patrick Leahy: "One of the challenges I have long observed is the FBI's need to balance its increased focus on counterterrorism while upholding its commitment to longstanding law enforcement functions. [...] A critical tool in successful and fair prosecutions is forensic evidence. [...] I support law enforcement efforts to make better use of this powerful evidence, and to that end I have long pushed two bipartisan bills, the Justice for All Reauthorization Act and the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act. [...] While advanced technology presents the FBI with new opportunities to bring criminals to justice, it also can raise significant civil liberties challenges. Drones, for example, offer new capabilities as a domestic investigative tool, but also present serious privacy concerns. [...] Another area where we must work together is cyber security. [...] The FBI also has participated in a major international effort to arrest individuals involved in cyber-stalking software called Blackshades. Cyber threats are among the most serious our nation faces, and place our critical infrastructure and privacy at risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Leahy and James B. Comey, Jr..

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