WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined five of her committee colleagues to request the National Security Agency (NSA) provide a public update on the status of the NSA’s phone records surveillance program.
Along with Harris, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), sent the request in a letter to NSA Director General Paul Nakasone.
The full text of the letter is available here and below:
Dear General Nakasone,
We write to urge that you provide a public description, consistent with protection of sources and methods, of the current status of the call detail record (CDR) program under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). On June 28, 2018, NSA publicly announced that it had obtained from telecommunications service providers CDRs it was not authorized to receive, and that NSA had begun deleting all CDRs acquired since 2015. Since then, there have been no public updates from NSA. A public status report will resolve the current confusion, demonstrate the NSA’s commitment to transparency, and inform Congress’s deliberations about the possible reauthorization of the program later this year.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.