Conyers to Holder: Give Us the 215 Info

I guess I’m not the only one who noticed that DOJ is trying to reauthorize Section 215 without leveling with the American people how they’re using it. John Conyers, Jerrold Nadler, and Bobby Scott have written Eric Holder, requesting that he make more information on the way Section 215 is used public.

In order to meaningfully consider whether and how to extend the "business records" section of the Act, however, we ask that the Department work to provide additional public information on the use of that provision.

Specifically, at the September 22 hearing, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Hinnen testified that orders under Section 215 of the Act, which authorizes compulsory production of "business records," have been used to obtain "transactional information" to support "important and highly sensitive intelligence collection." He explained that some members of the Subcommittee and cleared staff have received some briefings on this topic, and that additional information could be made available to them "in a classified setting."

We have appreciated the information that has been provided, and fully understand the importance of safeguarding our country’s national security secrets. Too often in 2007 and 2008, however, crucial information remained unknown to the public and many members of Congress when Congress voted on important surveillance legislation affecting the interests of all Americans. As has also been requested in the Senate, we ask that the Department work to make publicly available additional basic information on the use of Section 215, so that Congress can more openly and thoroughly consider the future of this authority while fully protecting our national security secrets.

I’m hoping they have more leverage than Russ Feingold, who I believe made this request in the Senate, since nothing is going to pass through HJC without these three gentlemen’s involvement.

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bmaz @davidminpdx That wouldn't undercut AMK, only set the table for the future.
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bmaz .@davidminpdx Why not set the stage for the next fight by saying yes, concur, but I would find heightened scrutiny+protection for sexual ID?
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bmaz Right there were multiple spittle induced dissents, but the liberal bloc couldn't muster one smart concurrence? https://t.co/FAiYYmJWNS
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bmaz For all liberal pundits+academics now decrying hollowness of AMK's Obergefell decision, where were Soto, RBG+Kagan w/better concurrng takes?
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bmaz This is a "problem" that could have been ameliorated by one or more strong liberal concurrences, but there were none https://t.co/zIZQpSyL3n
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bmaz RT @noahbird11: The high school indoctrination we receive that places politics in same category as sports & us v them mentality... https:/…
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bmaz This piece by @brianbeutler is worth a read https://t.co/dOdjW4d8is
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bmaz @AdamSerwer @brianbeutler I guess illogical might apply, I'd say more incomplete+shallow though. "Dancing around" EP is an understatement.
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bmaz Hard to see how Chuck Todd is not as big of an clusterfuck embarrassment to @NBC as is Brian Williams http://t.co/umbjcmmxWm
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bmaz @Popehat @vpostrel Great piece. Don't think I would have ever given up my real name, and hope he really didn't
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