Overcast
32°FOvercastFull Forecast

Senators want public answers on NSA surveillance information

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON – More than two dozen U.S. senators are calling on the nation’s top intelligence official to make public information about the scope and duration of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

In a letter sent Friday to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the bipartisan group of lawmakers also want him to provide examples of how the bulk collection of phone records provided unique intelligence.

The letter from the 26 senators, organized by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, says they are concerned the gathering of massive of amounts of data on the communications of ordinary Americans depended on secret interpretations of the Patriot Act.

The letter says those interpretations, along with misleading statements from U.S. intelligence officials, prevented American citizens from being able to evaluate the decisions their government was making.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

More News

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

NIU Hospital Visit

More videos »

Reader Poll

What's the longest your hair ever has been?
Below my beltline
Middle of my back
Shoulder length
Over the ears
I always crop it close