Time to end "Secret Law" governing surveillance programs

Senator Mike Lee
2013-06-11 13:59:13
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] * Agenda Alert* Today, Oregon�s Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), accompanied by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced a bill that would put an end to the �secret law� governing controversial government surveillance programs.� This bill would require the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions, allowing Americans to know how broad of a legal authority the government is claiming to spy on Americans under the PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. �This bipartisan amendment establishes a cautious and reasonable process for declassification consistent with the rule of law,� Lee said. �It will help ensure that the government makes sensitive decisions related to surveillance by applying legal standards that are known to the public. Particularly where our civil liberties are at stake, we must demand no less of our government.� Here are some more resources about this bill: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/6/senators-end-secret-law [link 1] www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/us-senators-government-secret-court-surveillance [link 2] tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/11/senators-proposal-would-force-secret-surveillance-into-open/ [link 3] * REMINDER - Immigration Tele-townhall This Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. MST* I appreciate all the Utahns who have contacted my office to share their perspective on immigration reform.� As the Senate proceeds to a full debate of the Gang of Eight proposal, and as the House of Representatives pursues a more common-sense step-by-step approach, many Utahns will be having a dialogue about this important issue.� I want to be a part of this conversation with you.� In order to facilitate this, I am planning to focus my upcoming tele-townhall on immigration reform. You can sign up to participate in my tele-townhall here: * www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/tele-townhall-meetings [link 4]* I am also excited to announce that I will be hosting an online townhall through Crowdhall, which enables participants to ask questions and vote on the questions they would like to see answered.� I will plan on answering several of the questions submitted through Crowdhall during the tele-townhall.� To participate in the Crowdhall portion of this townhall, visit crowdhall.com/h/44 [link 5] and follow the instructions for how to submit a question and vote on others. [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 6] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 7]
June 11, 2013

Agenda Alert

Today, Oregon�s Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), accompanied by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced a bill that would put an end to the �secret law� governing controversial government surveillance programs.  This bill would require the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions, allowing Americans to know how broad of a legal authority the government is claiming to spy on Americans under the PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

�This bipartisan amendment establishes a cautious and reasonable process for declassification consistent with the rule of law,� Lee said. �It will help ensure that the government makes sensitive decisions related to surveillance by applying legal standards that are known to the public. Particularly where our civil liberties are at stake, we must demand no less of our government.�

Here are some more resources about this bill:

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