Thursday, 13 June 2013

Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA


Wondering what the U.S. government might know about your phone calls and online life? And whether all of this really helps find terrorists? Good luck finding solid answers.
Americans trying to wrap their minds around two giant surveillance programs are confronted with a mishmash of leaks, changing claims and secrecy. Members of Congress complain that their constituents are baffled - and many lawmakers admit they are, too.
Adding to the confusion and suspicion, those defending the programs - from President Barack Obama to the nation's spy chief to lawmakers - have sometimes mangled the facts.
Questions that could help sort things out often get the same answer: "That's classified."
"It's very, very difficult, I think, to have a transparent debate about secret programs approved by a secret court issuing secret court orders based on secret interpretations of the law," said Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a long-time champion of privacy rights.

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