Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the White House announced that the President's NSA review panel's report would be released today, which will suggest ending the phone metadata program:
"The White House's surveillance review board recommendation that the bulk collection of Americans' phone records be replaced by a restructuring of the surveillance program is a very positive step forward, and something that I have been advocating for a long time. The board clearly concurred with technical and legal experts who demonstrated that the retention of records by phone companies, rather than the bulk collection of records by the government, serves the same national security purposes while being more protective of Americans' privacy interests.
"With the strong likelihood of Congressional action, as well as a recent adverse decision by a federal district court judge, I believe the President would be well served to take the advice of the board and restructure the program as soon as possible. It would be better to have this undertaken in an orderly and expeditious fashion, than to wait for it to be compelled by the Congress or the courts."