July 27, 2013
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist largely responsible for the big reports on secret government surveillance in the last two months, will be testifying before Congress on these programs. There have been plenty of hearings already in which high-ranking intelligence officials have , backed by the same left-right coalition that nearly passed an amendment that would have reigned in the NSA’s surveillance scope on Wednesday.
The Guardian reports the hearing was organized by Democrat Alan Grayson, and is backed by Republican Justin Amash, who introduced the aforementioned bill on the House floor. Grayson briefly explained why his frustration led to organizing this particular hearing.
“I have been concerned about the fact that we have heard incessantly in recent weeks from General Keith Alexander [director of the NSA] and Mr James Clapper [director of National Intelligence] about their side of the story,” he said. “We have barely heard anything in Congress from critics of the program.”
Greenwald will testify via video-link, and will be joined in the civil libertarian testimony by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Cato Institute.
One of the hearings Congress organized in June on the NSA programs was titled “How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries.” It’s easy to see why that might have bothered civil libertarians looking for fairer hearings.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:09 am