April 28, 2015

Wyden Statement on USA Freedom Act of 2015

 Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., issued the following statement on the USA Freedom Act of 2015, introduced on Tuesday, which would end bulk collection of Americans’ information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

“This legislation would finally end bulk collection of the personal information of millions of Americans, and make other important reforms like increasing transparency and improving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court process.  I look forward to working with colleagues to include additional reforms as well, particularly ending the warrantless backdoor searches of Americans' personal electronic communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Wyden said.

“The supporters of dragnet surveillance are going to fight hard to preserve the status quo, but the American public is rightfully demanding a change.  Mass surveillance violates core American rights without making our country any safer, and it is time for it to end.”