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Blumenthal Opposes Reauthorization of Surveillance Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after voting against a six-year reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

“A closed process with no opportunity for amendments is no way to reauthorize a critical program that must strike such a delicate balance between national security and civil liberties. Additional reforms are critically necessary to ensure strong and effective oversight of government surveillance, without which Americans’ trust and confidence in our national security efforts may become dangerously eroded. By slamming the door on much-needed reforms, this surveillance bill does far too little to protect Americans’ freedom from dangerous government overreach. ”