CDT Organizes Call for FISA Transparency

The FISA Amendments Act should not be reauthorized until the legislation incorporates transparency requirements, sixteen groups, including and several partners, said in a letter to Congress organized by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) on June 11th, 2012. The letter recommends that the Judiciary Committee should, prior to considering the legislation, require the government to disclose the extent and nature of surveillance and institute reporting requirements that require such disclosure for all future surveillance. As noted in the letter, the bill broadly authorizes surveillance of individuals believed to be non-U.S. persons without judicial authorization or probable cause.

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on June 19th, and amendments requiring disclosure of the extent of surveillance of American citizens failed. Senator Wyden has placed a hold on the bill in the Senate over privacy and civil liberties concerns.