Lipinski Works to Protect American Security Without Compromising Civil Liberties

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“As Congress works to reauthorize vital foreign intelligence programs, it is always important that we make sure we are protecting vital civil liberties.  I supported S. 139 today because it makes some important improvements to current intelligence programs which protect the privacy of Americans and expand oversight, while ensuring that the government has the necessary tools to protect the public.

“These improvements include requiring the FBI to get a court order before investigators are allowed to view communications in the context of criminal investigations.  Currently the FBI is not required to get a court order in any context.  The bill also requires intelligence agencies to notify Congress if they expand the surveillance program and gives Congress the ability to stop the expansion before it is implemented; currently Congress is not given that opportunity.  In addition, the bill requires Congress to reexamine these intelligence programs again in six years, which is necessary to adjust to new and evolving technology.

“This bill represents significant progress over the status quo.  That is why, along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and the Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, I supported this bill.  I will continue to work to make sure that we protect civil liberties while keeping our country safe.”