Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Highlights Watchdog Group’s NSA Reform Recommendations

January 24, 2014
Press Release

Honolulu – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today issued the following statement on a new report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent watchdog group. The board issued a 238-page report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of phone records has only provided minimal benefit in combating terrorism, and that the program is illegal and should be shut down.

“This new report by the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has highlighted the serious overreach of the NSA and its violations of Americans’ civil liberties, and the minimal benefits that its bulk phone records collection has provided for our national security,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “By making targeted reforms to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, Congress can end this vast and unnecessary overreach of the NSA into our personal lives. The PCLOB’s report underscores the urgent need for Congress to pass these reforms, and to put an end to the surveillance of innocent Americans.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is an original co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act which reforms Section 215 of the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act that has been widely blamed for the bulk collection of innocent Americans’ personal data.

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