Alan Dershowitz Pushes For FISA Applications To Be Made Public
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the American people have a right to know how their privacy is being eroded to bolster national security, Monday on “America’s Newsroom.”
Dershowitz was discussing the Democratic National Committee’s connection to funding the infamous Steele dossier and said more Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications should be made public to help avoid further breaches of privacy. (RELATED: Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Decries Liberal ‘Hypocrites’ Who’ve Turned On Him)
“I think there’s not enough disclosure for us to make a firm determination,” Dershowitz said. “I have no doubt that the FBI should have been more forthright in disclosing everything. And they did come to the conclusion that Steele had provided them legitimate information in the past. Well we’d like to know about that. Was it legitimate? What were the sources of information?”
Dershowitz said the FISA court must be able to trust the FBI to give it full and accurate information and pushed for more transparency in the warrant process.
“Under a Supreme Court decision called Franks v. Maryland, the court trusts the FBI to give it full information,” he concluded. “I’m glad these — this FISA application came out. I think more FISA applications in the future ought to come out. Maybe you redact it. Maybe they’re redacted too much in this context, but the American public has the right to know how our privacy is being compromised in the name of national security.”
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