The Center for American Progress Action Fund and coalition partners sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging substantial reform of National Security Letters. Among the recommendations to fix problems with their current use, the coaltion calls on Congress to:
- Repeal the expansion of the power that allows the FBI to demand information about people who are not the subject of an investigation.
- Subject the power to prior judicial approval.
- Amend the statute so gag orders are imposed only on authority of the court.
- Remove and destroy information in government databases that was collected on innocent people.
- Revisit the “exigent circumstances” provisions of 18 USC 2702.
- Examine other domestic surveillance and data mining programs to determine their scope and nature.
Read the full letter from the coalition