The advisory committee is doing the declaring there. It is written as if it were a quote, but it doesn't seem to be. The two parts of the sentence before that phrase and after that phrase express the feeling of some committee:Originally Posted by Joe
"If you program a computer to make that same search, judicial approval is needed, because computer analysis of intelligence databanks allegedly violates "privacy."
The author seems to be against this view. He seems to be saying that it is legal to do the searching by hand, so it should be legal to use a computer.