FISA Amendments Act: Reauthorizing America's vi tal National Security Authority and Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, June 27, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 27, 2017 hearing, "The FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Amendments Act: Reauthorizing America's Vital National Security Authority and Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties," before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Chuck Grassley: "This Committee last held an oversight hearing on Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act in May 2016. Since then, the drumbeat of terror attacks against the United States and our allies has continued. A month after our hearing, a terrorist attacked an Orlando nightclub, killing 50 and wounding 53. That same month, a terrorist detonated pipe bombs in New Jersey and New York, injuring about 30. Last month, Great Britain suffered its worst terror attack in over a decade. A suicide bomber killed 22 and seriously injured many more at a concert in Manchester. Many of the dead and wounded were children and young people.These attacks underscore that the first responsibility of government is to ensure that those who protect us every day have the tools to keep us safe. And these tools must adapt to the technological landscape and the evolving security threats we face. But at the same time, of course, the rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution are fixed. They require our constant vigilance to maintain. Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which provides the government the authority to collect the electronic communications of foreigners located outside the United States with the compelled assistance of American companies, sits at the intersection of these responsibilities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Stuart J. Evans, Carl Ghattas, Bradley Booker, Paul F. Morris, Matthew G. Olsen, Adam I. Klein, Elizabeth Goitein, and Elisebeth B. Collins.

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