Sen. Udall urges review of Patriot Act
Revelations that the Obama administration sought and received a court order for data about domestic cellphone calls prompted U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., to call for a review of the Patriot Act.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., called the disclosure “deeply troubling” as he joined colleagues asking the FBI and National Security Agency about the scope of the data-collection efforts.
The order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court required Verizon’s business-services division to turn over data on every single call through its system.
Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reiterated criticisms he made previously, saying that Americans would be surprised to learn the depth of the government’s surveillance activities.
In a statement that never used Obama’s name, Udall said American people “need to know how the president interprets his authorities under the PATRIOT Act, and I expect the president to uphold his commitment to transparency in the State of the Union address and his recent national-security speech.
“Once the American people understand how this law has been interpreted, I am certain they will join me in pushing to immediately change it.”
Gathering millions of records of American citizens who haven’t been accused of any crimes is an “overreach of power, violation of rights and infringement of privacy,” Tipton said in a statement that included several questions about whether other telecommunications companies received similar orders, how many Americans have been affected and information about the agencies’ legal reasoning.