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Schatz, Hirono join call for probe of NSA surveillance programs


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LAST UPDATED: 03:53 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2013



U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono are among 13 Senators calling for an investigation into National Security Agency surveillance programs recently uncovered by media that may place at risk the privacy of millions of Americans.

In a letter sent today to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board -- an independent agency created by Congress charged with overseeing actions of the executive branch -- the senators detailed their concerns over the two programs, one that gathers hundreds of millions of U.S. cellphone records; the other collected Internet usage data on foreign users from nine U.S. tech companies. 

The letter asks the Board to make it an urgent priority to determine whether the programs are “conducted within the statutory authority granted by Congress” and “take the necessary precautions to protect the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens under the Constitution.” 

The programs are authorized under provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

All senators are scheduled to be briefed on the programs Thursday by officials from the NSA, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were briefed Tuesday. All House members also were invited to a similar briefing.

Schatz in December voted against a measure reauthorizing amendments made in 2008 to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, his first vote as a newly-appointed senator. As a member of the House in 2012, Hirono did not cast a vote on the reauthorization bill. She had voted against the amendments in 2008.







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loquaciousone wrote:
There now you guys have gone and done it! You woke Hirono up!!! Shame shame shame....
on June 12,2013 | 12:01PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"Huh, uh, huh, huh.....well I was brought to Hawaii as a poor starving Japanese immigrant child by my abused Mom on a boat....wait a minute, what was the question?"
on June 12,2013 | 02:57PM
aomohoa wrote:
Hey, these two are actually working together. It's monumental! Until they are ready to trash each other during the election. LOL
on June 12,2013 | 03:19PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I hope someone tells them that Congress signed off on this stuff before they make a complete fool of themselves.
on June 12,2013 | 03:36PM
fbiguy wrote:
It is Hanabusa that is going to try to trash Schatz, not Hirono...
on June 12,2013 | 03:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Unbelievable. Two Democrats going against Obama.
on June 12,2013 | 12:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
There is hope:)
on June 12,2013 | 03:20PM
allie wrote:
The programs were reviewed by Congress. Were these two sleeping?
on June 12,2013 | 12:53PM
d_r wrote:
They voted against it. The rest of congress has the excuse that they were lied to by the NSA, who told them in hearings that programs like this were technically impossible.
on June 12,2013 | 04:44PM
jomama wrote:
I guess Schatz's lame attempt to reintroduce the oft-beaten Akaka bill gets no coverage?
on June 12,2013 | 08:05PM
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