Government surveillance programs renew debate about oversight

The disclosure of vast government surveillance programs has renewed the debate about whether the kind of transparent oversight that Americans expect from their government can work if it might compromise efforts to keep them safe from terrorism.President Obama and his national security leaders have asserted that vigorous oversight of government surveillance of phone calls and Internet data exists and denounced media reports that brought the programs to public attention.
/www.washingtonpost.com/politics/government-surveillance-programs-renew-debate-about-oversight/2013/06/08/7f5e6dc4-d06d-11e2-8f6b-67f40e176f03_story.htmlAlso see:U.S. Official Releases Details of Prism Program
A top U.S. intelligence official on Saturday declassified some details about the purpose and operations of an effort that obtains information from U.S. Internet companies as part of foreign-surveillance efforts.James R. Clapper, director of National Intelligence, issued a statement and fact sheet to correct what he characterized as “significant misimpressions” in articles by the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers, which asserted that the government had direct access to computer systems of nine technology companies. The papers based their reports on a presentation from the National Security Agency that used a previously undisclosed term Prism.
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