Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Bipartisan Letter Calls on President to Dismiss Director of National Intelligence, Protect Internet Privacy Rights

January 27, 2014

 WASHINGTON. D.C. – A bipartisan group of six House Members today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging the dismissal of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and reforms to protect the Internet privacy rights of American citizens from intrusive government surveillance efforts.

“Internet Freedom is indispensable, and reports regarding the government’s treatment of encryption protocols underscore the need to provide leadership and clarity beyond the collection of telephone records,” the six Members wrote in a joint letter to President Obama.  “We must ensure that loopholes to unwarranted and wholly unjustified collection of data are closed and that our intelligence community has consistent standards to adhere to under the rule of law.”

“The continued role of James Clapper as Director of National Intelligence is incompatible with the goal of restoring trust in our security programs and ensuring the highest level of transparency,” added the lawmakers.  “Director Clapper continues to hold his position despite lying to Congress, under oath, about the existence of bulk data collection programs in March 2013.”

The letter is cosigned by Reps. Darrell Issa, Alan Grayson, Ted Poe, Paul Broun, Doug Collins, and Walter Jones.

To read the text of the letter, please click here.

 

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