February 03, 2015

Wyden Statement on Intelligence Reform Report: ‘Much More Work to Be Done’

Wyden Renews His Call for Immediate End to Mass Surveillance of Americans

Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement on the “Signals Intelligence Reform Report” by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees US intelligence activities, including the mass surveillance of Americans.

“My first impression on reading this report is it’s hard to see much ‘there’ there.  When it comes to reforming intelligence programs and protecting Americans’ privacy, there is much, much more work to be done,” Wyden said.

“Most importantly, the President should act now to end the mass surveillance of Americans’ phone records. This dragnet collection does not make our country safer, it violates the privacy of millions of Americans and the President can end it right now.

Additionally, the NSA, CIA and FBI should be directed to halt warrantless searches for Americans’ emails and other communications.  These agencies can get the information that they need quickly using regular warrants or emergency authorizations. U.S. security and Americans’ constitutional rights are not mutually exclusive.  The next few months will be a critical time for surveillance reform, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to pass real reform into law.”