Himes to host roundtable on surveillance, U.S. intelligence practices

Months after accusations from former NSA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, the debate over the United States’ practice of surveillance continues to rage. Now U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th) is set to hold a Monday roundtable discussion on it.

Mr. Himes, a Cos Cob resident and three-term congressman, will host and moderate the roundtable discussion on U.S. surveillance and intelligence programs today, June 16, at the Westport Public Library. It will begin at 3 p.m. and last approximately an hour at the Westport Public Library on 20 Jesup Road.

This session follows the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act and Intelligence Authorization Act in the House of Representatives, as well as the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency disclosures.

According to Mr. Himes’ office, the panel will feature experts from various intelligence and civil liberties backgrounds. Mike German, of the NYU Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, and David McGuire, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, are slated to attend.

“As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Himes has worked to improve oversight of the NSA and ensure that intelligence agencies are taking Americans’ privacy into consideration,” his office said in a press release. “The House-passed Intelligence Authorization included two key amendments sponsored by Himes. The first amendment establishes an independent NSA inspector general. Himes’ second amendment strengthens reporting requirements for violations of law or executive order committed by the intelligence community.”

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