- Aug 27, 2008
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NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress | World news | theguardian.comThe National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it has spied, or is currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.
In a letter dated 3 January, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont defined spying as 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.
"Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons."The statement read: NSAs authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency with Congress. Our interaction with Congress has been extensive both before and since the media disclosures began last June.
We are reviewing Senator Sanderss letter now, and we will continue to work to ensure that all members of Congress, including Senator Sanders, have information about NSAs mission, authorities, and programs to fully inform the discharge of their duties.
So, none. A beautifully written obfuscation, however.