Intel Chairman Burr: “702 Is the Single Most Important National Security Tool We Have”

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the successful vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the House amendment to accompany S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act:

“Let me be clear: this (Section 702 of FISA) has been tested in the courts and the courts have ruled that this program is lawful and constitutional. So any claim outside of that is not a claim from the judiciary, which we trust -- it is a claim from an individual -- and I believe in this case that we should trust the courts. Let me say here that Congress recognized the constitutionality of section 702 when it reauthorized the bill in 2012.”

He continues: “702 is the single most important national security tool that we have in the United States.” 

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