Reid Statement On President Obama’s Review Of Intelligence Gathering Methods

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on President Obama’s proposals to improve the intelligence community’s practices in the collection of electronic information:

“Today President Obama proposed bold and real steps to reform the methods the intelligence community uses to keep us safe.  These proposed reforms will go a long way towards putting the imperatives of national security and personal liberty into an appropriate and sustainable balance.

“I have always believed that we must maintain rigorous oversight and transparency over national security programs that affect American citizens. At the same time, we must be sure to provide our intelligence professionals with the tools they need to protect our country and defeat those who would do us harm. In the Senate, leaders from both parties have been working diligently on these issues, and I look forward to working with them and President Obama to implement the proposals outlined today.

“I also want to express my appreciation for the hard-working men and women of the intelligence community. They dedicate their lives to protecting our safety, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”