FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2013
Contact: Justin Unga
Sinema on NSA Audit Revealing Americans' Privacy Rights Violated
Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement regarding recent news that the National Security Agency overstepped its legal authority thousands of times last year.
"I am deeply concerned about the recent reports demonstrating that the NSA has violated U.S. privacy laws and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008.
"These are unacceptable violations of our liberties and I believe that the breadth of the NSA data collection programs must be limited. This is why I cosponsored legislation authored by Congressman Amash to stop the collection of Americans' phone metadata. I, along with my colleagues in the House, was given assurances by the intelligence community that abuses did not occur intentionally or regularly, were quickly resolved, and were fully reported. I voted against the well-intentioned but overly broad Amash amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act in part because of these assurances, and due to my belief that we must strike a thoughtful balance that protects both our constitutional liberties and our security.
"I find these recent revelations, especially those indicating the NSA may have intentionally failed to fully disclose violations, extremely troubling. The fact that the majority of these violations were unintentional does not change the reality that constitutional rights of American citizens have been eroded by these programs. It seems that despite increased oversight and attention to this issue, the NSA has not been disclosing the extent of its programs to the appropriate oversight authorities as required by law.
"Protecting our constitutional liberties, including those guaranteed by the 4th Amendment, is one of my highest priorities. I am committed to working with members from both sides of the aisle to rein in these programs. We must create greater legal oversight and limitations of the NSA so these violations, intentional or not, do not occur and they are fully reported and remedied on the rare occasions they do."