Senate to hold closed briefing on NSA surveillance, lawmakers say they weren’t informed of programs
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly hold a closed briefing for members to discuss the recently revealed National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs after some lawmakers complained about not being informed of PRISM.
The recent media furor began with a report showing that a secret court order forced Verizon to hand over all records for U.S. customers to the NSA. Soon after, the massive NSA surveillance program called PRISM involving major tech companies was revealed followed by Boundless Informant.
We now know that the whistleblower is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of Booz Allen Hamilton and former employee of the CIA.
Currently, individuals in Washington are engaging in massive damage control and it appears that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath about the NSA programs.
The complaints from legislators, including Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), are quite surprising given that Obama previously claimed, “The programs are secret in the sense that they are classified, but they are not secret in the sense that when it comes to telephone calls, every member of Congress has been briefed on this program.”
Thune, on the other hand, said that he believes most of the members of Congress, contrary to Obama’s statement, are not fully aware of the extent of the NSA program known as PRISM.