Senator Franken Calls for FISA Court Opinions to Be Made Public When Possible
This is how you actually try to change things. Senator Al Franken isn’t grandstanding for the press and pretending he never knew about the Patriot Act and wasn’t briefed on just how the government was using the Patriot Act. Instead, he used this opportunity wisely to call for greater transparency, within reason and with respect to national security issues.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to reports of the National Security Agency’s collection of phone data:
“There’s a balance to strike between protecting Americans’ privacy and protecting our country’s national security. I don’t think we’ve struck that balance. I’m concerned about the lack of transparency of these programs. The American public can’t be kept in the dark about the basic architecture of the programs designed to protect them.