Syria and National Security Leaks

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-06-20 13:21:49
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, Last week, the United States confirmed that the Syrian government under Bashar Assad has been using chemical weapons against the Syrian people and the opposition rebels. This is a horrible tragedy, and the United States cannot stand by and let the murder of innocent people continue. As in the past, the world is looking to our country to neutralize this threat to the region. The United States does not need to be the world�s police, but it is our duty to step in when tyrants are killing thousands of innocent people.� Watch my interview on Syria on CNN�s the Situation Room here: [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CNNChambliss.jpg] [link 1] Another serious national security issue facing our nation right now is the leaks coming from inside our own government [link 2]. Last week, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the agency's surveillance programs to the media. Unfortunately, the information has already damaged our national security.� We now know that because of this unauthorized disclosure, terrorists have learned more about how we gather information on them and are taking different tactics to thwart detection [link 3].��� Ensuring security must be consistent with respect for the constitutional rights of all Americans, and there is strong oversight of these programs by all three branches of government. Congress has worked closely with the Executive Branch over two administrations to ensure that these activities fully comply with the law [link 4], and we will continue to do so. These programs are also carefully reviewed by the Judicial Branch on a regular basis.��� The threat from terrorism remains very real and these lawful intelligence activities, which we know have prevented over 50 terrorists attacks since 9/11, must continue. Watch my interview on Syria and the NSA leaks on NBC�s Meet the Press here: [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/MeetThePressChambliss.jpg] [link 5] � Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. For further explanation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Access to Certain Business Records for Foreign Intelligence and International Terrorism Investigations [link 6] The Prism Program [link 7] Senator Chambliss in the News: Chambliss Statement on U.S., Taliban Peace Talks [link 8] Chambliss Statement on FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act [link 9] Chambliss Statement on the Retirement of Mike Morell, CIA Deputy Director [link 10]
June 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

Last week, the United States confirmed that the Syrian government under Bashar Assad has been using chemical weapons against the Syrian people and the opposition rebels. This is a horrible tragedy, and the United States cannot stand by and let the murder of innocent people continue. As in the past, the world is looking to our country to neutralize this threat to the region. The United States does not need to be the world�s police, but it is our duty to step in when tyrants are killing thousands of innocent people. 

Watch my interview on Syria on CNN�s the Situation Room here:

Another serious national security issue facing our nation right now is the . Last week, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the agency's surveillance programs to the media. Unfortunately, the information has already damaged our national security.  We now know that because of this unauthorized disclosure, terrorists have learned more about how we gather information on them and are .   

Ensuring security must be consistent with respect for the constitutional rights of all Americans, and there is strong oversight of these programs by all three branches of government. Congress has worked closely with the Executive Branch over two administrations to ensure that these activities , and we will continue to do so. These programs are also carefully reviewed by the Judicial Branch on a regular basis.   

The threat from terrorism remains very real and these lawful intelligence activities, which we know have prevented over 50 terrorists attacks since 9/11, must continue.

Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter.

For further explanation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:

and International Terrorism Investigations

Senator Chambliss in the News:

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