U.S. and European officials are calling for expanded government surveillance powers in the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, which have killed at least 129 people.
Addressing the violence Monday at a Washington conference, CIA director John Brennan blamed public “handwringing” over U.S. surveillance programs as an obstacle to catching terrorism suspects.
“I do hope that this is going to be a wake-up call,” Brennan said.
In the Paris attack, Center for Democracy and Technology human rights and surveillance fellow Sarah St. Vincent said lack of transparency about the country’s new surveillance laws makes it hard to tell to what went wrong.
“There hasn’t been enough information available that could give the legislature or the public a way to evaluate if they are effective,” she said.