In one of the most ballsy defenses to date, instead of denying “any recollection of that particular program” as per the usual, now the NSA has simply come out and told the U.S House of Representatives: “We aren’t saying we did, but we aren’t saying we didn’t either”.
In response to a senator’s request, on Saturday the NSA released a statement claiming they had participated in certain surveillance efforts on particular Congressmen who they believed warranted investigation. The NSA claims this was a undertaking to root out corruption and backroom deals, however it’s clear this is just a cover to make themselves look like the lesser of two evils.
“NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency with Congress. Our interaction with Congress has been extensive both before and since the media disclosures began last June.”
Dated January 3rd, a letter from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to define “spying” as gathering metadata on calls, websites visited, or emails sent that were not originally intended for public consumption in any way shape or form.
This all comes on the eve of the NSA’s intelligence committee hearing next week, which could potentially decide the fate of the agency from here on out. Over the past few weeks Obama has been increasingly opposed to certain operations within the outfit, however he has yet to come out with any sort of real plan as what to do about it until now.