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Rep. Harman Introduces Bill To Restrain Domestic Deployment Of Spy Satellites
Legislation Closes Troubled DHS National Applications Office
WASHINGTON - June 5 - Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) introduced two bills last night to stop the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) use of satellite imagery from intelligence agencies for homeland security and law enforcement purposes. The legislation, H.R. 2703 and 2704, will prohibit funding for and close the DHS' National Application Office (NAO). This troubled office is responsible for a domestic surveillance program that the American Civil Liberties Union had long opposed in testimony and letters to Congress over the past two years.
The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:
"Today, Representative Harman put the brakes on the drift towards the surveillance society. Thanks to Representative Harman's leadership, Congress will take the first step toward shutting down the National Application Office and its ill-conceived domestic surveillance program. This legislation would restrain domestic use of spy satellites while allowing the Department of Interior's program to continue using its imagery in a responsible way. With billions of dollars going to build satellites that see more than the human eye, the idea of turning these lenses on Americans should raise alarm bells for everyone."