Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the Senate Judiciary Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following are the prepared remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the Senate Judiciary Oversight Hearing: WASHINGTON, D.C. I have the great pleasure to work with over...

The bill also streamlines the FISA application process to make FISA more efficient, while at the same time ensuring that the FISA Court has the information it needs to make the probable cause finding required.

Finally, the Administration's proposal would amend the statutory definition of "agent of a foreign power" to ensure that it includes groups who are engaged in the international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or who possess or are expected to transmit or receive foreign intelligence information while in the United States .

FISA modernization is critically important and we urge the Senate to reform this critical statute as soon as possible. I am hopeful that this is an area where we can work together with the Congress and this Committee. I think we can find common ground on the central principles underpinning the Administration's proposal-and, in particular, on the fact that we should not extend FISA's protections to terrorist suspects located overseas.

We already have had several helpful sessions with the Intelligence Committees in the Senate and House on this issue. We look forward to continue to work with the Senate and this Committee on this important endeavor.

Thank you.

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