Congress can enact legislation that meets the needs of intelligence agencies for defending national security, while still protecting the fundamental privacy rights of innocent Americans, CDT Policy Director Jim Dempsey told a congressional panel today. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Dempsey identified a balanced approach that Congress could use to replace the overreaching Protect America Act, which was adopted last month and expires next year. CDT also today released a memo addressing the poorly understood concept of “minimization” in the surveillance context.
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