May 31, 2015

Wyden Praises End to NSA Phone Records Dragnet, Calls for Passage of Surveillance Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., tonight praised the end to the bulk collection of Americans’ information under the Patriot Act, and called for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act to enact additional reforms.

“Tonight the collection of phone records of millions of innocent Americans will end. The demise of this dragnet surveillance is a victory for the principle that Americans do not need to sacrifice liberty to have security. I have worked for this moment since I first learned about this flawed and illegal program almost a decade ago,” Wyden said.

“Congress now has the opportunity to build on this victory by making meaningful and lasting reforms to US surveillance laws. After Republican leaders stalled for months in a failed attempt to rerun their old playbook for extending mass surveillance, they now have no excuse for not allowing a full debate on the USA Freedom Act as soon as possible. In my view this is the best way to bring new transparency and reforms to U.S. surveillance programs and to bring certainty to our intelligence agencies.”

Wyden has led the Congressional fight against the secret collection of Americans’ phone and email records for nearly a decade. Learn more about his work to defend privacy and Americans’ constitutional rights here.