Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "In a highly unusual move, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said Tuesday that he misspoke when he told a Congressional committee in March that the National Security Agency does not assemble dossiers on Americans. Clapper said at the time that the agency does not do so “wittingly”, but in a letter to the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper admitted this statement was “erroneous”.
Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, has been quite vocal in his defense of the NSA’s now-public surveillance programs such as PRISM and the metadata collection program. In statements published shortly after the leak of classified documents by Edward Snowden about those collection efforts Clapper said that they both have been repeatedly authorized by Congress and the executive and judicial branches over the years. The collection of road swaths of Internet data under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through PRISM is one of the aspects of the agency’s efforts that has many people worried."
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