Washington, D.C. – Following today’s classified hearing on the Administration’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the statement below.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Over the past few months, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted vigorous oversight of our nation’s foreign surveillance programs, including today’s classified hearing. I appreciate the witnesses’ testimony today further detailing these programs and the current practices employed by the agencies to protect U.S. citizens’ civil liberties. However, I am convinced that further protections are necessary. I am committed to working with members of the House Judiciary Committee, House leaders, and other members of Congress to ensure our nation’s intelligence collection programs include robust oversight, additional transparency, and protections for Americans’ civil liberties while maintaining a workable legal framework for national security officials to keep our country safe from foreign enemies.”
At today’s classified hearing, members of the House Judiciary Committee were afforded the opportunity to further probe government officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about our nation’s surveillance programs. In July, the Committee held a public hearing to examine the statutory authorities that govern certain surveillance programs operated under FISA, in which the Committee heard from officials from the DOJ, the NSA, the FBI, and from civil liberties groups.