Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the USA PATRIOT Act, testified today in Brussels before the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee.  

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I firmly believe the Patriot Act saved lives by strengthening the ability of intelligence agencies to track and stop potential terrorists, but in the past few years, the National Security Agency has weakened, misconstrued and ignored the civil liberty protections we drafted into the law. To address these issues, I have introduced the USA FREEDOM Act along with Senator Patrick Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to curtail surveillance abuses and restore trust in the US intelligence community.  
“International cooperation is crucial to stopping terrorism, but trust is also integral.  I ask my friends in the European Parliament to work pragmatically with the United States to continue balanced efforts to protect our nations.  Together we can rebuild trust while defending civil liberties and national security on both sides of the Atlantic.”

View prepared statement here