Dear Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee:
My name is Patrick Eddington, and I am Research Fellow at the Cato Institute where I work at the nexus of issues involving national security and the Bill of Rights. I appreciate the Committee’s willingness to hear my thoughts on the looming expiration of the USA Freedom Act and the opportunity the sunset provision gives us for considering broader surveillance authority reform. Let me note at the outset that the views I express today are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Cato Institute, its board or leadership.
Today, I will discuss multiple examples of domestic surveillance abuses and related reform proposals, but let me begin with the central topic of today’s hearing: the USA Freedom Act and the PATRIOT Act Sec. 215 telephone metadata program.