Statement by the Director of National Intelligence on FISA/Protect America Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement by the Director of National Intelligence Mr. Mike McConnell:

During the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on September 10, 2007 , I discussed the critical importance to our national security of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the recent amendments to FISA made by the Protect America Act. The Protect America Act was urgently needed by our intelligence professionals to close critical gaps in our capabilities and permit them to more readily follow terrorist threats, such as the plot uncovered in Germany . However, information contributing to the recent arrests was not collected under authorities provided by the Protect America Act.

SOURCE Office of the Director of National Intelligence



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