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One of the nation's top intelligence officials defended the National Security Agency's snooping on online communications at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, telling lawmakers that more transparency is not needed — and would prove self-defeating.
Secret rulings violate constitutionally protected liberties
Since the essence of spying is stealing and keeping secrets, we should not be surprised when that essence is supported by deception and lying.
For three years, the National Security Agency routinely violated rules set down by federal judges governing how the agency was allowed to use mass-collected data about every telephone call made in the United States, according to more than 1,800 pages of declassified documents the Obama administration released Tuesday.
The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that news reports outlining how the National Security Agency broke privacy rules thousands of times are "extremely disturbing."
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on Wednesday declassified three documents that showed there have been "a number of technical compliance problems" with the government's phone-snooping program, as the Obama administration fights to preserve what it says is a critical tool in the war on terror.
Which is more dangerous to personal liberty in a free society: a renegade who tells an inconvenient truth about government lawbreaking, or government officials who lie about what the renegade revealed?
President Barack Obama, his administration and several members of Congress have tried to convince Americans that the National Security Agency's surveillance program is in their best interest and not violating their privacy.