Former House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Says Hearings on CIA Bulk Collection Program Is “Urgent and Essential”
Yesterday’s revelation that the CIA is conducting a warrantless bulk collection program of Americans’ data outside of any statutory justification elicited the following response from Bob Goodlatte, PPSA senior policy advisor and former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Goodlatte said:
Yesterday, Senators Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich revealed that a classified CIA bulk collection program has been conducted “entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection, and without any of the judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight that comes with FISA collection.”
These revelations raise troubling questions that make investigatory hearings by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urgent and essential. The committees should ask:
In her confirmation hearings, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines promised “transparency” in explaining the legal basis for every surveillance program. She should be required to do so now in Congressional testimony.
 Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board