Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he has special access to classified information about United States intelligence operations. As I’ve written about before, Senator Wyden has repeatedly used that special access to warn the American people about gaps between what intelligence officials say in public and what he knows they’re doing behind closed doors. Now he’s done it again—and as usual, when the Senator raises a red flag, it means we should all pay attention.
The latest Wyden Warning comes in the form of a public letter to the Attorney General and an amicus brief in an ACLU Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The ACLU is seeking access to an Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo written in 2003, by Bush administration official John Yoo. Although the government has refused to release the memo, we have good reason to believe it describes government surveillance relationships with telecoms and internet service providers. As Marcy Wheeler points out, Senator Wyden has not only warned the public about the existence of this memo, but has actively tried to get the Obama administration to withdraw it, thus far to no avail.
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Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.