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David Medine to speak on phone data collection and FISA court at ABA national security event

David Medine to speak on phone data collection and FISA court at ABA national security event

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2014 — David Medine, chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, will address key sections of the PCLOB’s recently released report on the U.S. government’s surveillance programs at an American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security breakfast program on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the University Club of Washington, D.C. 

What:     
“Report on Section 215 Program and FISC Reform”\
Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

When:    
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8 – 9 a.m.

 Where:   
The University Club of Washington, D.C.
1135 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036 

Medine will discuss the report’s recommendations for reforms to the bulk collection of domestic phone records and the composition of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as the administration and Congress evaluate whether and how to reform the Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and the operations of the FISA court.

The report, released Jan. 23, determined that the National Security Agency’s program to collect billions of Americans’ phone records is illegal and should be shut down. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent executive branch board that was established at the urging of the 9/11 Commission, concluded that the statute upon which the program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.”

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or Maria.Gutierrez@americanbar.org

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. To review our privacy statement, click here. Follow the latest ABA news at www.ambar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

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