NSA’s Internet Spying May Prompt Belated Lawmaker Backlash

June 7, 2013 – In The News

Scott Vernick was quoted in the Law360 article "NSA’s Internet Spying May Prompt Belated Lawmaker Backlash." While the full text can be found in the June 7, 2013, issue of Law360, a synopsis is noted below.

President Barack Obama insisted that the government’s secret surveillance of phone records and online activity has sufficient oversight and congressional support in response to the uproar caused when the programs were recently revealed in leaked documents. Obama insisted the efforts were carried out with the knowledge and backing of both federal lawmakers and judges from a secret surveillance court, but attorneys now expect public pressure may convince lawmakers to be more skeptical of the program.

“So far, Congress has demonstrated a willingness to extend the laws and to keep them in place, but the question now is: Will they continue this?” Scott Vernick said. “Now that we know about the Verizon and PRISM programs, it’s likely that the degree to which they are effective has been harmed, but it’s uncertain if there’s enough pressure for Congress to change or discontinue the programs.”