San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of new measures to better protect privacy and improve transparency in government surveillance programs:
“Today, President Obama strongly reaffirmed his commitment to protect and defend the American people while preserving their privacy and civil liberties. From reforming the Patriot Act to reviewing the FISA Court procedures, the measures the President outlined today are welcome steps to increase public confidence in our government’s intelligence collection activities at a time when it is greatly needed.
“House Democrats have long had concerns about intelligence collection activities; we have fought for and further strengthened the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which is now reviewing these programs. Democrats have introduced various bills to increase transparency, privacy, and civil liberties protections. Following the vote on the Amash-Conyers amendment, we outlined our concerns about the current collection programs.
“We look forward to working with the Administration on reviewing legislative proposals and enacting critical reforms that strike a better balance between security and privacy for the American people. The upcoming consideration of the FY 2014 Intelligence Authorization Bill will provide one opportunity to make these important changes.”