Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance Between National Security, Privacy and Civil Liberty, Hearing Before the Committee on Judiciary, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 10, 2016 [open pdf - 2MB]
This testimony compilation is from the May 10, 2016 hearing, "Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance Between National Security, Privacy and Civil Liberty," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary. From the opening statement of Senator Patrick Leahy: "One year ago this week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA FREEDOM Act. Several weeks later the Senate followed suit with broad bipartisan support - including a strong majority of the members of this Committee. That legislation marked the first major overhaul of the government's surveillance authorities in decades. Following revelations about dragnet surveillance programs, Vermonters and Americans across the country demanded limits on executive power. They demanded accountability and reform, and Congress responded. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will examine the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Amendments Act, often referred to as Section 702. This law expires at the end of 2017. I am glad the Committee is getting an early start on this process to consider significant reforms. I hope we can avoid the needless expiration of authorities we saw last year when Republican leadership refused to bring up the USA FREEDOM Act. I also am glad that this hearing is being held in the open, so that the American people can be a part of this conversation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kenneth L. Wainstein, Matthew G. Olsen, Elizabeth Goitein, David Medine, and Rachel L. Brand.
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