For Immediate Release
Reacting to Reports of Wiretapping Abuses at the NSA
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
WASHINGTON - “Since 2001, I have spent a lot of time in the Intelligence
Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and on the floor of the Senate bringing
attention to both the possible and actual effects of legislation that has dangerously
expanded the power of the executive branch to spy on innocent Americans.
Despite these efforts, Congress insisted on enacting several measures
including the USA PATRIOT Act, the Protect America Act, and the FISA Amendments
Act, embarking on a tragic retreat from the principles that had governed the
sensitive area of government surveillance for the previous three decades.
Congress must get to work fixing these laws that have eroded the privacy and
civil liberties of law-abiding citizens. In addition, the administration should
declassify certain aspects of how these authorities have been used so that the
American people can better understand their scope and impact.”
Senator Feingold is a member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.