Senator Ron Wyden Says White House Is Required By Law To Reveal Details Behind Yahoo Scanning
from the where's-my-popcorn? dept
And that means that the White House should declassify the reasoning. Now Senator Ron Wyden is asking them to do exactly that:
“Recent reports of a mass-email scanning program have alleged that federal law is being interpreted in ways that many Americans would find surprising and troubling,” Wyden said. “The USA Freedom Act requires the executive branch to declassify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions that involve novel interpretations of laws or the Constitution and I certainly expect the Executive Branch to follow this law.”This is, obviously, something of a warning shot to the administration. Chances are they'll ignore this, but that could turn into a pretty serious strategic mistake. As we've been saying since it first came out, James Clapper should explain what's happening, because the longer they stay silent, the worse this looks.