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Sensenbrenner Responds to PCLOB Report on Section 702

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) had the following response to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report on the intelligence community's Section 702 operations:

"The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's recent report appears to be an adequate overview of the background and privacy concerns related to Section 702 of FISA. It raises justifiable concerns regarding the scope of U.S. person information collected and the use of queries using U.S. person identifiers.

"Section 702 doesn't authorize the collection of wholly domestic U.S. communications, and the Fourth Amendment would typically require a warrant to listen to or read such material. The government needs to do more to limit the incidental collection of this content and should not be allowed to query the data without a court order. The Fourth Amendment concerns are particularly acute because the NSA does not even know the scope of its incidental collection.

"The original USA FREEDOM Act addressed this problem, but the language to end backdoor searches was stripped prior to passage. Fortunately, the House recently approved an amendment by Representatives Lofgren, Massie and me to the DOD Appropriations bill to reclaim the lost provision. I urge the Senate to end the unconstitutional collection of Americans' communications under Section 702 as it considers reforms to the administration's surveillance authorities. I believe the Fourth Amendment means what it says and there should be no shortcuts around it."


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