Wyden presses DHS on “unconstitutional” surveillance in Portland

Sen. Wyden Presses DHS On ‘Unconstitutional’ Surveillance
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In the wake of DC correspondent Ken Klippenstein’s explosive report on federal agencies tapping protesters’ phones in Portland, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding answers.

The letter, addressed to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and signed by both Wyden and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, contains a list of questions relating to the intelligence operations reported by The Nation earlier this week:

Sen. Wyden Presses DHS On ‘Unconstitutional’ Surveillance

The Oregon Senator asked for confirmation of The Nation’s reporting on phone tapping of protesters in Portland.

“There are still a lot of questions about what DHS has been doing in Portland, but I’m pushing hard for answers,” said Wyden. “The bottom line is, it would be totally unacceptable, illegal, and unconstitutional for the Trump administration to spy on people because of their political beliefs.”

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