Opinion: Congress should unveil American surveillance – CSMonitor.com

OCTOBER 17, 2016 —Revelations that Yahoo allegedly scanned hundreds of millions of user emails for the National Security Agency and the FBI underscores the pressing need for Congress to reevaluate federal surveillance policies.But before they can resolve the perennial tension between liberty and security, rank-and-file members of Congress would first need to be granted something they’re denied: access to intelligence information.Though other members of the House of Representatives have a constitutional obligation to vote on intelligence issues, an estimated 95 percent of them aren’t “in the know,” meaning their offices don’t have clearance to see top-secret documents.Therefore, they are forced to rely on executive summaries or reports and briefings provided to them by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). This is true even for members of such committees as Judiciary and Homeland Security, which have jurisdiction over some intelligence issues.

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