FISA Reform Recommendations Oct 2013

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) commends the Judiciary Committee for holding another oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) scheduled to take place on October 2, 2013.

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In July, NACDL joined a coalition letter of over 60 civil liberties advocates and groups in support of four key points of reform to FISA and the recently disclosed NSA surveillance programs, including bulk collection of metadata under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and the collection of the content of electronic communications of individuals under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. These programs raise serious legal and constitutional concerns that have yet to be addressed following additional government disclosures and public hearings. NACDL reiterates its support of the reform measures set forth in the July letter and today makes an additional recommendation for reform as the Committee undertakes this week's hearing.

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