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Congress Insisted They NOT be Briefed on NSA Surveillance

Posted By admin On June 24, 2013 @ 2:58 pm In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Paul Owen and Tom McCarthy
London Guardian [1]
June 24, 2013

Here’s somebody the Obama administration would probably rather have refrain from mounting a vocal public defense of the government surveillance programs. But former vice president Dick Cheney wants Americans to know that the programs were his pet project, the AP reports:

Cheney said he was directly involved in setting up the program, run by the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S. He said it has had “phenomenal results” in preventing terrorist attacks.

Cheney said he met and briefed congressional leaders whom he did not identify about three years after the program started and they were “unanimous” that it should continue.

“I said, ‘Do you think we ought to come back to the Congress in order to get more formal authorization?’ and they said, ‘Absolutely not.’ Everybody, Republican and Democrat, said, ‘Don’t come back up here, it will leak’,” Cheney said.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/edward-snowden-booked-on-plane-from-moscow-to-havana-live-coverage

[2] Congress Insisted They Be Kept in the Dark on NSA Spying: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congress-insisted-they-be-kept-in-the-dark-on-nsa-spying.html

[3] The Secret Program CAN’T Be Foreign Assassinations, Because Congress Was Briefed on that in 2001 and the New York Times Wrote About it in 2002: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-secret-program-cant-be-foreign-assassinations-because-congress-was-briefed-on-that-in-2001-and-the-new-york-times-wrote-about-it-in-2002.html

[4] NSA surveillance: anger mounts in Congress at ‘spying on Americans’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-surveillance-anger-mounts-in-congress-at-spying-on-americans.html

[5] Cheney: We Asked If We Needed Approval For Wiretapping, Congress Told Us ‘Absolutely Not’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cheney-we-asked-if-we-needed-approval-for-wiretapping-congress-told-us-%e2%80%98absolutely-not%e2%80%99.html

[6] Congress’ questions for Petraeus will have to wait: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congress%e2%80%99-questions-for-petraeus-will-have-to-wait.html

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