House Holds Closed Hearing on Section 702 Surveillance, Rejecting Calls for Transparency
Our elected representatives are once again cutting out the public from an important debate over mass surveillance. The House Judiciary Committee held a “members only” meeting today to discuss Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Acts, the law on which the NSA relies to operate its notorious PRISM surveillance program and to tap into the backbone of the Internet. Last week, EFF joined two dozen civil liberties, human rights, and transparency organizations, demanding in writing that leaders of the House Judiciary Committee open the hearing, at least in part, to the public. Instead, the committee heard today only from a panel of intelligence officials drawn from the NSA, FBI, DOJ, and ODNI who released a 12-page unclassified statement.