Now that they are being more closely watched, lawmakers voice concern over NSA surveillance

This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.


This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.

A group of lawmakers this week voiced their concern over the Obama administration's plans to monitor individuals with security clearances as part of a post-Snowden leaks crackdown.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Sens. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) said in a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that the stated possibility of "continuous evaluation" of legislative officials would raise constitutional questions and that extensive employee monitoring could inhibit people from coming forward to point out fraudulent or illegal activities. These concerns suggest growing worries among lawmakers about the extent to which the government's monitoring capabilities will be turned on the legislative branch.

"Especially in light of recent events, we first ask that you confirm that you did not intend to suggest that Members of Congress or staff members in the Legislative Branch would be subject to continuous evaluation," the senators wrote.

"Lawmakers Sound Alarm Over Wider Internal Surveillance" [wsj.com]

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  1. Wyden critically questioned the scope of NSA surveillance long before this issue came up.

  2. For what it is worth Wyden has been doing everything he legally can to get people to pay attention to the encroaching surveillance state for years. No politician is perfect, but when it comes to thoughtful takes on where the surveillance line ought not to cross, he has been one of the few voices of reason.

    --edit-- another proud Oregonian smile

  3. Of course we did not mean to suggest anything of the sort. You know as well as we do that providing truthful information to the legislative branch is something we do as seldom as possible!

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