Is the NSA Spying on Congress?
In a letter last week to NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked point blank whether the NSA is spying on members of Congress or other U.S. elected officials.
But the response he got from an NSA spokesperson didn't really answer the question:
NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of U.S. persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. 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. We are reviewing Sen. Sanders’s letter now, and we will continue to work to ensure that all Members of Congress, including Sen. Sanders, have information about NSA’s mission, authorities, and programs to fully inform the discharge of their duties.
Judge Andrew Napolitano sat down with Elisabeth Hasselbeck this morning to react to the NSA's "non-answer." He said what the NSA is essentially telling Congress is that you're in the same boat as everyone else in America.
He explained that the NSA will never admit it for fear of prosecution, pointing out the perjury accusations against DNI James Clapper for his March 2013 testimony to Congress. Clapper denied that the NSA collects massive amounts of data on American citizens.
His statements were later called into question based on the revelations about NSA surveillance by Edward Snowden.
"They spy on the Supreme Court, they spy on the Pentagon, they spy on the CIA, they spy on other spies. Surely, they're spying on the Congress. ... There's no reason to think that we wouldn't be," said Napolitano.
Watch the full segment above.