September 25, 2007
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 the Senate Judiciary Committee today. In his second congressional testimony in as many weeks, 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. Dempsey testified last week before the House Intelligence Committee on the same issue. CDT also last week issued memo addressing the poorly understood concept of "minimization" in the surveillance context.