Intel Committee Chairs and Ranking Members Slated to Meet with President Obama Today on FISA

Aug 1, 2013
Intel Committee Chairs and Ranking Members Slated to Meet with President Obama Today on FISA

For Immediate Release               Contact:  Susan Phalen (Rogers), (202) 225-4158
August 1, 2013                                           Allison Getty (Ruppersberger), (202) 225-7690
                                                                   Brian Weiss (Feinstein), (202) 224-9629
                                                                   Lauren Claffey (Chambliss), (202) 224-3423

 

Statement by Chairmen and Ranking Members of House and Senate Intelligence Committees
Intel Committee Chairs and Ranking Members Slated to Meet with President Obama Today on FISA

"We have conducted thorough oversight of FISA, and the business records provision in particular. We believe this provision has contributed substantially to our counterterrorism successes since its inception, and that it has been operated in a lawful, careful manner.

"We understand that the American people have concerns as a result of the program's disclosure, and the inaccurate and reckless way in which it has been characterized.  These authorities are used in a manner consistent with the law and Constitution, and we are working with our colleagues in the House and the Senate to reassure the American people and look for ways to improve transparency and strengthen privacy protections without undermining the program's effectiveness.  We want to be sure that the Intelligence Community has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe.

"Both of our Committees are conducting lengthy discussions with the Executive Branch and privacy advocates in developing initial ideas, and we look forward to discussing these proposals with the President today."

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