My opinion has been and remains that FISA is sufficiently robust and flexible to deal with the contemporary terrorist threat in a timely fashion, while safeguarding the basic constitutional rights of Americans. Unfortunately, post-9/11 laws have made possible today's dramatic escalation of domestic surveillance, even if such laws were adopted with the best of intentions. Congress should launch a bipartisan and transparent investigation into the recent reports of far-reaching domestic surveillance, as it may raise profound constitutional issues in the absence of clear and firm restraints.
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In terms of James Clapper's recent testimony, it is fair game for Congress to look into its veracity wherever material discrepancies might exist between what Congress now knows and what Congress was told.
In short, my point is a narrow one, not the broad interpretation you give it. A leak to the media was not the best means for addressing the matter. The information should have been provided to Congress. Moreover, Congress should pursue a transparent and robust investigation into the domestic surveillance issue.