The Obama administration squared off with skeptical lawmakers Tuesday over efforts to terminate the government’s authority to collect phone records of millions of Americans, a proposition that exposed sharp divisions among members of Congress.
The House will consider legislation that would cut off funds for the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and imposes limits on the operations.
The former defense contractor who leaked the National Security Agency’s surveillance plans on Americans could face a years-long wait for an asylum request.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has resurfaced after recently revealing himself as the one who leaked U.S. government surveillance program documents.
Federal officials are in the process of filing charges against the National Security Agency whistle-blower who revealed how the intelligence agency spies on Americans.
Germany’s chancellor will raise the issue of NSA’s eavesdropping on European communications when she meets President Barack Obama here next week — the latest sign of the international backlash over leaks about America’s sweeping electronic surveillance programs.
President Barack Obama told Chicago public television in 2001 there would be a “majoritarian check” on mass surveillance of American citizens.