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Pelosi Statement on News Reports of NSA Privacy Violations

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency repeatedly violated privacy rules according to an internal audit and other documents:

"Press reports that the National Security Agency broke privacy rules thousands of times per year and reportedly sought to shield required disclosure of privacy violations are extremely disturbing. 

"Current laws governing NSA's collection activities contain safeguards to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties including provisions that require that incidents of non-compliance be reported to Congress and the FISA Court.  Congress must conduct rigorous oversight to ensure that all incidents of non-compliance are reported to the oversight committees and the FISA court in a timely and comprehensive manner, and that appropriate steps are taken to ensure violations are not repeated."