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Boswell Joins Colleagues in Requesting Hearings on the National Security Agency

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Boswell Joins Colleagues in Requesting Hearings on the National Security Agency

1/26/06

Washington, DC - This week, Congressman Leonard Boswell joined with all Democrats on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in requesting the committee hold open and closed hearings on the National Security Agency (NSA) program.

"As a Member of the Committee on Intelligence, I believe it's imperative we hold hearings on this," said Boswell. "The President has more explaining to do concerning his motives on eavesdropping without warrants."

In the letter to the Chairman of the Committee, Representative Pete Hoekstra, the signers said,

"The President and senior Administration officials are addressing the rationale for the program and its legal basis in a number of public forums this week, and it is appropriate that our Committee members have the opportunity to ask questions about the unclassified aspects of the program in an on-the-record, public setting. The Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on this topic in early February."

"The American people expect us to engage in rigorous oversight over intelligence programs, and a full committee hearing is the first step in such oversight."

http://boswell.house.gov/article.asp?id=350

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