Cook Demands Release of Memo Detailing Government Surveillance Abuses
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today joined the growing chorus of lawmakers demanding the public release of a memo that details U.S. government surveillance abuses. On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee approved making the memo available to the full House of Representatives.
Rep Cook said, “It’s critical that we make this memo available to the public. The memo is currently classified, but I can tell you there’s no reason for it to remain so. Barring a national security purpose or the need to protect privacy, the American public has a right to know what their law enforcement agencies have been doing. This memo does not meet either threshold for it remain classified. The House Intelligence Committee should take immediate action to release this important document to reaffirm transparency in government.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.