A group of 13 senators are calling for an independent investigation into what they call "troubling" National Security Agency surveillance programs.
In a Wednesday letter addressed to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), among others, request the board examine whether the NSA data and phone record collection programs are legal as authorized by Congress and whether they adequately protect the privacy of millions of Americans. The lawmakers further ask the investigation's results be produced in an unclassified report for the public.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent agency within the executive branch tasked with advising the administration on issues of privacy.
Full letter can be found below:
2013 Letter to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board by Tom Udall