Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Justice Department's Inspector General's report on the inappropriate use of National Security Letters:
"On the heels of the inappropriate firings of eight U.S. Attorneys, the Inspector General's report reveals yet another pattern of questionable behavior by the Justice Department. The Bush Administration's failure to follow minimal procedures and accurate reporting in its use of National Security Letters is disturbing but not surprising.
"The Administration and the prior Republican Congress have been delinquent in oversight of the National Security Letters to ensure that their use did not violate the privacy and the civil liberties of thousands of Americans. As we protect and defend the American people, we must protect and defend the Constitution and the civil liberties it contains. The Democratic Congress will meet that obligation, and we will begin by investigating the disturbing facts reported today."