U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a key national security program targeting communications of non-Americans located outside the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. This reauthorization strengthens protections of civil liberties and ensures increased oversight and transparency for the intelligence gathered under the program.
“We live in an increasingly dangerous world, where our adversaries and terrorists will use every means necessary to attack us and Congress has a responsibility to ensure that our intelligence communities have the resources they need to stop an attack before it happens. These intelligence provisions only apply to foreign agents and suspected terrorists outside of the United States and have been vital in taking down high-level ISIS leaders, like Haji Imam. Reauthorizing section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act preserves a critical intelligence tool, ensuring our national security.”