Senator Bernie Sanders Asks The NSA If It's Spying On Congress
from the but-will-he-believe-the-answer? dept
I am writing today to ask you one very simple question. Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials? "Spying" would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business.While many will focus on the basic question of "is the NSA spying on Congress," what's much more important here is the definition that Sanders supplies of "spying." Because we already know the answer is yes. We know that the NSA is gathering metadata on pretty much every phone call that is on a major mobile phone network, meaning that, yes, the NSA is collecting metadata on the phone calls of elected officials.
Knowing the NSA's general history, if it responds at all, it will answer a different question. It will not address the gathering of metadata at all, but rather note that it does not "target" members of Congress. And, of course, even if the NSA claimed it wasn't spying on Congress (which, under Sanders' definition is clearly a lie) why would anyone believe them? President Obama has already made it quite clear that he's fine with senior intelligence community lying to Congress.