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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:29 PM

Senator Wyden (D-Ore.) calls for oversight of agencies that might be monitoring Americans

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday said Congress should require intelligence agencies to provide estimates of how often the emails and phone calls of Americans are collected during the surveillance of terrorist suspects overseas.

Wyden opened debate on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act, H.R. 5949, on Thursday morning, and the Senate could hold a vote on it this week. The bill would extend for five years the ability of U.S. intelligence authorities to surveil terrorists overseas without first getting permission from a court.

Wyden said he supports the goals of FISA, but said his amendment to the bill is needed because intelligence officials have been unable to provide any details on how often American communications are picked up during surveillance. He said he and other senators have asked the director of national intelligence for that information, but have received little in the way of a response.

"The response was 'It is not reasonably possible to identify the number of people located in the United States whose communications may have been reviewed under the authority of the FISA amendments act,' " Wyden said. Last July, Wyden and a dozen other senators asked for an estimate whether there were thousands or millions of American communications being captured in the course of conducting overseas surveillance but again received no meaningful respone.


More at the link! As of this writing, ongoing debate in the Senate may be watched LIVE on C-SPAN2.

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