US Must Not Surrender in Big Brother Arms Race

National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Office of the Director for National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt were all witnesses for another Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on surveillance. It attempted to address some of the numerous issues that have been made clear as a result of news stories on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden—stories which continue to be published.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, highlighted the issue of a bulk collection program that collected the metadata of Internet communications and was discontinued in 2011. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court suspended the program for a period before it was renewed, but the government claims it was not meeting “operational expectations.”

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