Murkowski Co-Sponsors Effort To Restrict Surveillance

Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined a bipartisan effort today, to establish new standards required for federal intelligence workers to be allowed to search through American’s phone and/or internet records, a practice known as “metadata surveillance”.

Murkowski said “The balance between security and personal privacy must be a complicated, carefully-considered equation and not a rubber stamp, much like tangible or legal evidence is required to get a search warrant, the government should be held to the same standard when digging through our communications and media.  Alaskans are extremely uncomfortable with this extremely troubling and invasive form of government overreach – which I’ve been working to rein in for years – and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get our intelligence system back in balance.”

 

Currently, an application for a court order under Section 215 of the Patriot Act is granted a presumption of relevance that items relate to a foreign power, an agent of a foreign power, or an individual in contact with, or known to, a suspected agent, instead of being forced to prove that the surveillance request is directly connected to a threat or a hostile foreign agent.

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