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ICYMI: Congressman Darin LaHood Leads Panel Discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations About the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-16), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security Agency & Cyber and Chairman of the Bipartisan FISA 702 Working Group, led the latest installment of the House Intelligence Committee’s “Beyond the SCIF” series for the 118th Congress with his panel on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

What Was Discussed


  • The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the reforms needed to responsibly reauthorize Section 702


  • The House IntelligenceCommittee’s report titled “FISA Reauthorization: How America’s Most Critical National Security Tool Must Be Reformed to Continue to Save American Lives and Liberty”


  • Congressman Darin LaHood’s role as Chairman of the Bipartisan FISA 702 Working Group.


“The ‘Beyond the SCIF’ today relates to 702 and FISA and the reform process that we’ve been undertaking. I want to thankDarin LaHood, who has been the Chair of our Working Group on 702 reauthorization and reform. Not only has he worked diligently in that, but his leadership is known in Congress, which has lent a tremendous amount of credibility to the overall process.” – Chairman Mike Turner

Notable Quotes


“Our role is to scrutinize, to fix, to reform, to revise. And I think the product that the Intelligence Committee on the House side has come up with has done exactly that under Chairman Turner’s leadership. We have also held numerous listening sessions as a part of this product that we’ll be voting on this month. Those listening sessions have included a lot of skeptics and critics but also people that have brought a lot of perspective.” – Congressman Darin LaHood


“Congress, in 2008, adopted this new regime allowing electronic surveillance of foreigners located overseas. No American is targeted at all, ever, under Section 702. It is not a domestic surveillance program.”Glenn Gerstell


“Something like 50, 60 percent of the President’s Daily Brief has intelligence in it that comes from 702...There is no good substitute for that program.” – Stewart Baker


“I think it’s really important that we understand that this conversation is happening in an international tinderbox...I think we just have to be really cognizant and really careful. We have this great national security asset…We don’t want to abuse it. We don’t want to appear to abuse it as well.” – Karen Kornbluh

Panel Speakers:


  • Congressman Darin LaHood, Chairman,National Security Agency & Cyber Subcommittee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Chairman,Bipartisan FISA 702 Working Group.


  • Glenn Gerstell, former General Counsel, National Security Agency; Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies


  • Stewart Baker, former General Counsel, National Security Agency; former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy


  • Karen Kornbluh, former United States Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development