WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement in response to the President’s announcement regarding changes to the National Security Agency:
“The President’s announcement yesterday is long overdue in light of the big questions that have arisen in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures of NSA activity,” Sanford said. “That having been said, I give him credit for addressing these troubling actions at the Agency, and I hope that this announcement serves as a catalyst to begin a larger conversation about where we go next.”
“I think it’s clear that more significant, comprehensive reforms are needed, and as such Congressman Sensenbrenner and a few others have introduced excellent large scale reforms that I hope we have the chance to pass this spring,” Sanford continued. “I myself have added a small accompanying bill to all the others out there, and while it’s not a big change, I think it’s a measured but important step.”
“In essence, I’m concerned that at a very basic level, there’s not a strong enough process of accountability and oversight in place to guarantee that any reforms we make at the NSA are indeed enforced,” Sanford continued. “So instead of appointing an official at the White House to do this as the President indicated in his speech, an independent Inspector General could accomplish the same task. As such, I wrote a bill that would require the Inspector General to be confirmed by the Senate, and given the level of bipartisan support it’s received so far, I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to consider it in the House soon.”
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