(The following is an emailed response to Scott Baker, Senior Editor at Opednews, who submitted this response as an article)
August 1, 2013
Thank you for writing to me with regard to the NSA intelligence programs. It is extremely important that we strike the right balance between protecting the privacy of individuals while also protecting our national security. In doing so, Congress should ensure that individual privacy concerns are given full consideration and that we protect the Constitutional right of due process.
I have always been a proponent
of transparency within the government and I can assure you that this belief extends to the gathering
of intelligence. As a matter of fact, I recently signed onto a bill that will reform the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court charged with overseeing requests for surveillance warrants.
Specifically, this bill will create a Special Advocate who will be responsible for following FISA Court
proceedings; an appellate review that will review FISA Court decisions on appeals; disclosure requirements
by the Attorney General and reporting requirements from the Special Advocate. The American people deserve
no less. I look forward to continuing this discussion in the future.
Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at http://gillibrand.senate.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator