It appears that with the latest revelations
of abuses by the NSA, Congress is making noises about actually doing something about it this time. Senator Leahy seems quite reasonably ticked off, calling for new hearings
in which he appears to make it clear that he's not at all happy that the intelligence community was less than honest during the last hearings:
"The American people rely on the intelligence community to provide forthright and complete information so that Congress and the courts can properly conduct oversight. I remain concerned that we are still not getting straightforward answers from the NSA," Leahy said in a statement.
"I plan to hold another hearing on these matters in the Judiciary Committee and will continue to demand honest and forthright answers from the intelligence community."
Of course, one could argue that it was clear during those hearings last month that the answers were not particularly truthful, so this does have a bit of a "for show" feeling to it. But, it's becoming clearer that even if the NSA had a slight majority of support in Congress recently, that too may be eroding. Even Nancy Pelosi, who may have single-handedly saved the NSA's
ability to collect all info on every phone call under Section 215 of the Patriot Act a few weeks ago, is now saying that these latest revelations are extremely disturbing
. Of course, perhaps she should have investigated that a little more before making sure the NSA could continue doing what it was doing...