The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on reauthorizing the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which bans the bulk collection of private records.
DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 ADD TO MY CALENDAR
TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Dirksen Senate Office Building 226
PRESIDING: Chairman Graham
Brad Wiegmann, DAG for the DOJ’s National Security Division
Michael Orland, Deputy Assistant Director for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division
Susan Morgan, NSA
Adam I. Klein, Chairman of the PCLOP
Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein, Co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brenan Center for Justice
With the House debating impeachment of President Trump based on a complaint from a whistleblower within the intelligence community, we run the risk of partisan positions about surveillance only becoming more embedded.
When special Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor John Durham soon completes his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, a Republican senator almost surely will question reported FBI surveillance of Trump campaign officials and consultants in 2016. A Democrat will express concern about the ability of the government to stop Russians from targeting Democratic presidential candidates in 2020.
A strange role reversal has occurred. For decades, when intelligence agencies and their operations were publicly denounced, Republicans invoked national security concerns and leapt to their defense. The Democrats were the civil libertarians, dragging secret surveillance into the disinfecting light of day.
Now a Republican president and his defenders hurl accusations against intelligence agents and agencies while Democrats scurry to defend the former leadership of the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency (NSA). In this reversal, Democrats remain so focused on the battle lines of 2016 that we risk missing the real dangers of potential surveillance abuse under the current president.
Section 215 needs major reforms to safeguard core American liberties