ICYMI: Begich Pushes Bill to End Secret Court Opinions
Discusses Making Changes to FISA Court with Fox News
Continuing his call for greater transparency in government surveillance operations, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today discussed legislation he recently co-sponsored to end the secret court rulings on controversial government surveillance programs.
Begich spoke about the bipartisan bill to declassify the secret court opinions with Jenna Lee on Fox News’s program “Happening Now.”
“We understand we need strong security in our country, but we need better transparency. We don’t know how this court is deriving these opinions and coming to the conclusion that we should look at these millions of communications,” said Begich. “Alaskans have a right to know why information about their personal communications is being monitored.”
Begich fought to include declassification of court rulings and orders in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) extension bill in December. The measure was not included, nor were additional measures Begich championed to ensure the privacy of Alaskans. Because of lingering concerns about privacy, Begich voted against the FISA extension and the PATRIOT Act.