October 07, 2016

Wyden: The Executive Branch Must Always Declassify New Interpretations of Federal Surveillance Law

WASHINGTON - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement, following media reports about mass-scanning of Americans’ emails. Wyden has not commented on the veracity of those reports.

Recent reports of a mass-email scanning program have alleged that federal law is being interpreted in ways that many Americans would find surprising and troubling,” Wyden said. “The USA Freedom Act requires the executive branch to declassify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions that involve novel interpretations of laws or the Constitution and I certainly expect the Executive Branch to follow this law.”