S. Hrg. 113-334: Strengthening Privacy Rights and National Security: Oversight of FISA Surveillance Programs: Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 31, 2013   [open pdf - 10MB]

This is the July 31, 2013 hearing on "Strengthening Privacy Rights and National Security: Oversight of FISA Surveillance Programs" before the Senate Judiciary Committee. From Senator Patrick J. Leahy's opening statement: "Today, the Judiciary Committee will scrutinize Government surveillance programs conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. In the years since September 11th, Congress has repeatedly expanded the scope of FISA and has given the Government sweeping new powers to collect information on law-abiding Americans, and we must carefully consider now whether those laws may have gone too far. Last month, many Americans learned for the first time that one of these authorities--Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT [Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism] Act--has for years been secretly interpreted--secretly interpreted--to authorize the collection of Americans' phone records on an unprecedented scale. Information was also leaked about Section 702 of FISA, which authorizes the NSA to collect the communications of foreigners overseas. […] In the wake of these leaks, the President said that this is an opportunity to have an open and thoughtful debate about these issues. And I welcome that statement because this is a debate that several of us on this Committee in both parties have been trying to have for years. Like so many others, I will get the classified briefings, but then, of course, you cannot talk about them. There are a lot of these things that should be and can be discussed. And 2 if we are going to have the debate that the President called for, the executive branch has to be a full partner. We need straightforward answers, and I am concerned that we are not getting them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James M. Cole, John C. Inglis, James G. Carr, Jameel Jaffer, and Stewart A. Baker.

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S. Hrg. 113-334; Senate Hearing 113-334; Serial No. J-113-25
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