Sen. Leahy: NSA Still Not Giving ‘Straightforward Answers’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Friday expressed concern that the National Security Agency is not giving “straightforward answers” about its surveillance activity after a Washington Post report revealed the agency broke privacy rules thousands of times a year. 

“The American people rely on the intelligence community to provide forthright and complete information so that Congress and the courts can properly conduct oversight. I remain concerned that we are still not getting straightforward answers from the NSA,” Leahy said in a written statement.

“I plan to hold another hearing on these matters in the Judiciary Committee and will continue to demand honest and forthright answers from the intelligence community,” the statement continued. “Using advanced surveillance technologies in secret demands close oversight and appropriate checks and balances, and the American people deserve no less than that.”

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