Yale constitutional law scholar Anjali Dalal suggests that when it comes to grilling the National Security Agency on domestic surveillance programs, it’s all about how one asks the question.
Since the latest revelations from a whistleblower revealed the government’s practice of collecting records of nearly every phone call made on U.S. soil, activists are accusing Director of Intelligence James Clapper of lying to Congress and the American people.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked Clapper at a March 12 Senate hearing, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper’s response was, “No sir … not wittingly.”
Several weeks later, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents to the news media that showed the government was, in fact, collecting phone records of every call made across Verizon’s network.
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