Seeking to tamp fears, confusion, intelligence officials defend spy programs as safeguards

  • Article by: LARA JAKES , AP National Security Writer
  • Updated: June 11, 2013 - 10:50 PM

WASHINGTON — Dogged by fear and confusion about sweeping spy programs, intelligence officials sought to convince House lawmakers in an unusual briefing Tuesday that the government's years-long collection of phone records and Internet usage is necessary for protecting Americans — and does not trample on their privacy rights.

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jan202009Jun. 11, 1310:05 AM

It wasn't a failure to give a straight answer. It was perjury.

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benleeJun. 11, 1311:02 AM

Always remember jan202009, the liberal left regards perjury as a virtue of patriotism and as love of government, not a love of country.

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hobie2Jun. 11, 1311:19 AM

benlee - "the liberal left regards perjury as a virtue of patriotism and as love of government, not a love of country.".. I think you meant right wing regards perjury as a virtue of patriotism - Ollie North, almost the entire Reagan cabinet, Cheney, Bush cabinet, Gingrich, Delay...

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davehougJun. 11, 1311:36 AM

First we had 'truthiness' now "least untruthful answer" SHEESH

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benleeJun. 11, 1311:37 AM

If that is so hobie2, the rational for having the Prism program is to prevent terrorists from striking America. Last months declaration from Mr. 0bama was that the "post 9-11 era of terrorism is over," that the ‘War on Terror’ is now over, was due to the programs of NSA and Prism. That aim of Prism is exactly what whistleblower Edward Snowden questioned. His divulging of the scope of the collecting of data caused a large hiccup with the 0bama government. With such truths, why would Prism now be needed????? Especially in the USA? There is one LARGE reason! 0bama fears a revolt in the USA against his government, a revolt looking to reestablish the Constitution as the Law of the Land. 0bama considers the U.S. Constitution anathema to his global vision. THAT is the terrorist list he wants prosecuted. From the IRS to DHS, his myrmidons have used extralegal and unlawful methods to stymie the TEA Party and other such Patriotic organizations legal existence. Now on the other hand of course, if 0bama were a REPUBLICAN the political establishment and the press, would be doing everything in their power to bring down the president. However, the man in the White House is not only a democrat, but the first black to hold the office, so they are doing more than just circle the wagons. Snowden did not go the route of whistleblowers, so he will be crucified.

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monkeyplanetJun. 11, 1311:42 AM

The arrogance of the intelligence agencies is stupefying. When asked by Sen. Wyden to provide an answer in private to his question, they gave him the runaround. Then, when asked to provide an answer in public, they basically lied, later claiming that the information is classified. They evidently believe they are accountable to no one, especially the American people.

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threed61Jun. 11, 1312:07 PM

No monkeyplanet, the arrogance of Senator Wyden is stupefying. He was trying to publicly entrap the National Intelligence Director to break his oath and the law by revealing classified information.

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benleeJun. 11, 1312:12 PM

How typically hypocritical. You liberals believe snooping on Americans is OK, in fact, snooping put on über-steroids is perfectly fine.....just as long as democrats are doing it. LOL.

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kcmamaJun. 11, 1312:13 PM

Ah, but you've got to listen carefully to the question. Does the NSA collect information on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? (Yes/No/Maybe). But what about the OTHER millions of Americans - now there's where the data has been collected. He didn't lie; he obfuscated.

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firefight41Jun. 11, 1312:18 PM

benlee - "the liberal left regards perjury as a virtue of patriotism and as love of government, not a love of country.".. I think you meant right wing regards perjury as a virtue of patriotism. ********** In truth, it is both sides that regard perjury as a virtue of patriotism.

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