Groups to Senate Intel: Release Text of NSA Surveillance Program Proposal

Yesterday afternoon 26 organizations joined in sending a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to urge them to make the text of their proposal to address the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs available to the public before marking it up. As described in the letter, the process to pass a bill that adequately protects American's privacy and civil liberties must be as open and transparent as possible. The public has a right to know and must be given the opportunity to fully understand what changes Congress intends to make to the law, particularly when such important values are at stake. Making the text of the legislation available to the public before the mark-up will help make sure that there is a more robust debate about the proposal and a better understanding of the law. Download the letter here.

*Update: On October 1, the markup of the measure was delayed by the Committee.