Transcript: Sen. Jeff Flake’s remarks on the Surveillance Transparency Act – Nov. 13, 2013

Partial transcript of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Arizona) remarks on the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing was held on Nov. 13, 2013:

…I come to this hearing with an open mind and I realize this is really a struggle that Congress goes through continually. I was around when the Patriot Act passed. There were issues with that. We authorized it but then sunset the law – the provisions that we needed to deal with later and dealt with those later. We’re continually with technology developing – continually trying to strike the right balance.

The security leaks that we’ve had in the past couple of years and certainly in the past couple of months have undermined the confidence that the public has in what we’re doing here. I think that’s damaging. So I look forward to more transparency, whether in this legislation or some version of it or in some other way to make sure people are confident that their public officials have transparency in mind and the best interests of the public in mind here…

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