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Congress Knew of Surveillance Declassified Documents Confirm

Intelligence officials today released top secret internal briefings they had provided to members of Congress that outline the dragnet phone call metadata surveillance program lawmakers secretly knew about but could not tell Americans when publicly voting for it.

The disclosure of the classified documents back assertions from the government, and even some members of Congress, that lawmakers were well in the loop of the dragnet surveillance program disclosed by the Guardian newspaper last month based on secret documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Yet lawmakers were prohibited from publicly discussing the classified program, although the House and Senate subsequently authorized the dragnet in public votes on at least two occasions without the general public’s knowledge.

Source: Wired. Read full article. (link)

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  • Dave Krueger||

    Hahahaha! History repeats itself. This is very similar to what happened when Congress expressed outrage when Bush's wireless wiretap abuses were ex[posed.

    I'm tellin' ya, folks. Obama is just Bush dressed up to look like a black guy.

  • Dave Krueger||

    This just proves that Congressional oversight is useless. How confident are we supposed to be in NSA oversight by a Congress that currently has approval ratings below 20%?

    And how confident am I supposed to be in an organization that claims that they can monitor any call going to a foreign country as if my Fourth Amendment rights are null and void the moment I talk to someone outside the U.S.?