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Senators Skipped Friday NSA Briefing To Go Home

From The Hill:

Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights home

By Alexander Bolton | June 15, 2013

A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs.

Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials.

The Senate held its last vote of the week a little after noon on Thursday, and many lawmakers were eager to take advantage of the short day and head back to their home states for Father’s Day weekend.

Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty as Clapper, Alexander and other senior officials told lawmakers about classified programs to monitor millions of telephone calls and broad swaths of Internet activity…

The exodus of colleagues exasperated Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who spent a grueling week answering colleagues’ and media questions about the program.

“It’s hard to get this story out. Even now we have this big briefing — we’ve got Alexander, we’ve got the FBI, we’ve got the Justice Department, we have the FISA Court there, we have Clapper there — and people are leaving,” she said.

The briefing also included the former chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and Sean Joyce, the deputy director of the FBI, according to Feinstein.

Lawmakers have been quick to call for increased congressional oversight of the phone and Internet monitoring programs, but many have been unwilling to skip flights or make other scheduling sacrifices to learn more of the secret details…

This is almost as unthinkable as Obama skipping out on his daily intelligence briefings.

Of course, you have to wonder how much good these briefings do, anyway. These Congressmen seem to hear what they want to hear.

Such as we saw in the case of NY’s Democrat Congressman, Jerrold Nadler over weekend. Nadler claimed NSA told him in a closed door briefing that they listened to US phone calls without a warrant.

A claim the Director Of National Intelligence has denied. And a claim that Nadler has walked back, writing to BuzzFeed:

“I am pleased that the administration has reiterated that, as I have always believed, the NSA cannot listen to the content of Americans’ phone calls without a specific warrant.”

What a load joke Mr. Nadler is.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Senators Skipped Friday NSA Briefing To Go Home”

  1. Astravogel says:


    And, it’s a hoot that the Wicked Witch of the West
    was left holding the bag. In other news, “Dog Chases
    Tail! Film at 6!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I saw a Comment on another site over the weekend on this article. Commenter alleged timing for this meeting was a ploy. Like advising employees of a staff meeting five minutes before quitting time on a Friday.

    That commenter is imbued with the sense that sensible, responsible people won’t extend themselves and won’t change their schedules for a Priority item.

    I say this is exactly what this news represents. That those who skipped the meet are exactly those most irresponsible, injudicious, and haughty for whom Responsibility, Duty and Honor mean nothing.

    Let’s have a show of hands among S&L’rs – who has gone beyond the 9-5 call of duty to (as Larry the Cable Guy says) – “Get ‘r Done”

    1,2,3,4,5,6, … 120 out of 120. Thought so. Thank you.

    Now, poo on those who can’t be bothered with being briefed.

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    Let’s have their names. Tell us who skipped town. C’mon media, do your job!

    • GetBackJack says:

      If true to form, like the way they ‘write’ legislation, all we can hope to get is seat and row numbers. It’ll be up to us to decode who sits in that seat.

      Disclosure is only for those who can decrypt.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Prime example of why things are the way they are today.
    Our elected officials can’t be bothered with trifling details.

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