DNI Clapper Statement on the FISA Section 702 Report of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

We welcome the report of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In this important report, the PCLOB confirms that Section 702 has shown its value in preventing acts of terrorism at home and abroad, and pursuing other foreign intelligence goals.

The board notes that it was “impressed with the rigor of the government’s efforts to ensure that it acquires only those communications it is authorized to collect, and that it targets only those persons it is authorized to target.”

We take very seriously the board’s concerns regarding privacy and civil liberties, and we will review the board’s recommendations with care.

The Intelligence Community and the Department of Justice provided full access to the board, supplying documentation, briefings, and access to personnel and facilities that it requested to prepare this report.

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence