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About we have a lot of issues to get to -- accounts of his surveillance program today were awaiting some new details about it.
29 year old -- Edwards -- and then there are new questions today about.
The government's growing dependence on contractors like mr.
snow and and they're expected to safeguard.
Some of the nation's most sensitive secrets but.
Should we be taking a closer look at these contractors chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel flight in Washington on this story so Mike.
One issue that's being discussed in congress is the role.
These contractors when it comes to intelligence what can you tell us about that.
What -- that's right figures from the Director of National Intelligence reveal more than one million contractors.
Have security clearances less than half of those top secret clearances.
And leading lawmakers including the speaker of the house moments ago say the contractor issue will get a closer look.
They've got a number of federal employees.
-- are also loved both federal contractors that are used.
For a certain programs I think that's fair and appropriate.
But I think it's up to the committees of the congress to provide that oversight and I think we will.
From a policy standpoint I've long been concerned about the role of contractors.
In the intelligence field.
And that is surely an area that will be explored it.
So following an incident of high profile -- he can expect congress will dig into the issue Jenna gave a sense suggests -- that the times are changing right we're dealing with some of these when he first century threats and this is how we do it what it what about the lawmakers that on that side of the -- No question no question about that protecting the country has created a security clearance community in terms of weapons systems and America's other intelligence operations and secrets a key member of the house foreign affairs committee draws.
If you're going to build.
This enormous intelligence infrastructure and you're going to build.
A lot of thought of high technology weapons systems you're gonna have a lot of people with security clearances.
Minutes ago senate intelligence chair Dianne Feinstein said she's working on legislation.
To reduce the number of contractors.
And their access to highly classified information they'll -- -- saying to see how big of a change she pursues -- Very interesting comment there Michael say on that side of the story as well thank you for.
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