CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON FEDERAL COURT STRIKING DOWN NSA COLLECTION OF PHONE RECORDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) - a member of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee - issued the following statement in light of the news that a federal appeals court has ruled in a case brought by the ACLU that the NSA bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal.
“Today’s ruling by a federal appeals court striking down the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of millions of phone records is a victory for the constitutional rights of every American. I commend the third branch of government for saying what most Americans already knew: the NSA has been acting illegally for years.
“This judicial ruling further underscores why the Patriot Act must expire and not be extended. Continuing to allow mass violations of our Constitutional rights is corrosive to our democracy and undermines trust in our Executive Branch.
“The NSA clearly violated the law by bulk collecting phone metadata and further investigation is urgently needed into other NSA programs – such as recent revelations about the NSA conducting mass search and seizure of internet traffic. Today’s ruling by a federal appeals court reaffirms our core democratic values: all Federal agencies must uphold the public trust, act according to the laws of the land and follow the Constitution.”