President Calls for NSA Reform but Statutory Fix Most Necessary

Today, President Obama outlined steps to reform the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. AALL supports several of the proposals outlined in President Obama’s speech, including increased transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, changes to the use of National Security Letters and increased executive branch oversight. However, AALL believes that in order to protect the privacy of library users and all Americans, Congress must enact reform to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

AALL strongly supports the USA FREEDOM Act, which would amend the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to better protect Americans’ privacy and require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. We urge members to take action in support of the Act.

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