The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The NSA whistleblower and former agent of CIA & NSA, Edward Snowden. (Laura Poitras/Praxis Films/Shutterstock)

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March 2013, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon  , had a heated exchange with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence for the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) 

"I wanted to see if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the N.S.A. collect any data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" Senator Wyden asked.

"No sir," General Clapper replied.

Wyden: "It does not?" 

Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where it could collect but not wittingly.”

Less than three months later, Edward Snowden's leaks proved Clapper's statement completely false. In July, Clapper finally apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee for his "erroneous" statement.

Snowden's revelations have set of a fierce debate over national security and personal privacy, and the debate has become particularly intense for the Senate Intelligence Committee itself. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, discusses the past, present and possible future of the N.S.A. in his piece that appears in the latest issue of the magazine.


Ryan Lizza

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]


Mr Snowden seemed a traitor, and was/is characterized as a traitor by our government, our President, but as time goes along 'we the people' see he has shed light on a huge problem!

Lying to Congress when you are under oath, Mr. Clapper, is a felony. But telling the WHOLE Truth, gets you . . . labeled, "traitor". Misleading the Congress and the President should lead to disciplinary action if nothing else. What's wrong with this picture?

For those who support the NSA, because there's nothing to hide in their phone calls, or e-mails, remember: The Fourth Amendment's rule holds that evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure violates the Fourth Amendment and is generally inadmissible at criminal trials. Lawyers get hold of that and there goes a conviction . . ...

Dec. 12 2013 09:53 AM

Isn't telling lies to Congress a crime or is it something to accept depending on the administration?

Dec. 10 2013 09:20 AM

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