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Topic - United States Senate Select Committee On Intelligence
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the brains behind the Patriot Act who in recent months has called for a scale-back on part of its surveillance powers, now says that one of the nation’s leading surveillance operatives, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, should be fired and prosecuted.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers may hail from opposite political parties, but they struck agreement on at least one key issue in recent talk shows: America’s threat from terrorism is on the rise.
Public trust in the federal government is at a record low. All the polls and surveys show it, but we're still expected to take it on faith that everything is done for our own good. The National Security Agency, for example, has been keeping tabs on where we go and when, listens to our telephone calls and reads our emails. If it wants, it could listen to a conversation with Granny, and let us know when we need to stop at the 7-Eleven for a quart of milk. Such all-knowing surveillance is supposed to thwart terrorism. Everyone wants to stop terrorism, so what's wrong with a little surveillance?
Congress enacted an affordable health care bill that's making a lot of people sick, requiring them to pay more for their insurance. It enacted a stimulus bill that put a wet blanket on the economy, and now it's considering a bill to "reform" the snoopery of the National Security Agency by increasing the agency's surveillance power.
With European outrage over American surveillance reaching the boiling point, the White House on Monday recast the U.S. as the defender of not only its own security interests but also those of other nations across the globe.
The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee calls it the "most serious threat I've seen in a number of years."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans, a response he now says was "clearly erroneous."
Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Wednesday that Tuesday testimony from intelligence officials on the government's data-surveillance programs did little to close what he called a "credibility gap."
Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.
Controversy has engulfed the National Security Agency after it was revealed the office - and others like it - were collecting citizens' phone and e-mail records. The public revelations have split Congress, with some lawmakers defending the program as an effective way to fight terrorism, and others viewing it as the first step to the totalitarian "Big Brother" depicted in George Orwell's classic, 1984.
The Obama administration on Thursday defended its secret seizure of the phone records of millions of U.S. citizens as part of counterterrorism efforts, while privacy advocates blasted the move as illegal and a debate erupted in Congress over the intended scope of a key surveillance law.
A senior White House official defended the National Security Agency's top secret collection of telephone records from one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies and insisted the government was not allowed to eavesdrop on calls.
A former Justice Department official said unnamed members of the White House administration have threatened whistleblowers who want to speak on the terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.