Joint Statement by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Jun 6, 2013
Joint Statement by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers  and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

June 6, 2013                                        Contact:  Susan Phalen (Rogers)
                                                                            Susan.Phalen@mail.house.gov
                                                                            Allison Getty (Ruppersberger)
                                                                            Allison.Getty@mail.house.gov

                      Joint Statement by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers and
                                      Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

 

“The collection described with yesterday’s disclosure of a purported court order is consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as passed by Congress, executed by the Executive Branch, and approved by a Federal Court. The FISA business records authorities are used to track foreign intelligence threats and international terrorists. It is important that the American people understand that this information does not include the content of anyone’s conversations and does not reveal any individual or organization names. This important collection tool does not allow the government to eavesdrop on the phone calls of the American people.  When these authorities are used, they are governed by court-approved processes and procedures. Moreover, the use of these authorities is reviewed and approved by federal judges every 90 days. Additionally, the Committee routinely reviews all FISA activities. Importantly, these activities have led to the successful detection and disruption of at least one terrorist plot on American soil, possibly saving American lives.  Understanding the necessity of the public’s trust in our intelligence activities and out of an abundance of caution, the Committee will review this matter to ensure that it too complies with the laws established to protect the American people.”

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