Once again I have to do a little Oregon bragging about my Senator Ron Wyden. He’s been concerned about the shadier side of our War on Terror–including drone strikes and intelligence collection–for a long time now. You could say he was into this stuff before it was hip to do so.
Well, Sen. Wyden is not backing down, and he has now teamed up with Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado to write a letter to the NSA, accusing the agency of presenting information on its website–information about the extent of surveillance on Americans–which is “inaccurate”. Among other things, the letter states:
“We were disappointed to see that this factsheet contains an inaccurate statement about how the section 702 authority has been interpreted by the US government…In our judgment, this inaccuracy is significant, as it portrays protections for Americans’ privacy as being significantly stronger than they actually are.”
The Senators do not specify exactly which part of the website factsheet is inaccurate, as this is classified information, but they do add a classified attachment to the letter for review by the NSA.
Sen. Wyden, who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has been dropping hints about his worries for a while now, even while he could not publically discuss the problems with the NSA. It’s nice to watch him continue fighting, but it’s sad to say that the tide in Congress is very much against him.