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But also tonight for the first time today lawmakers on Capitol Hill they try to get answers about the controversial NSA spy programs that were exposed last week.
Now the agency's Director General Keith Alexander was grilled by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
-- he promised to provide as much information as he could about the secretive surveillance operations but also insisted.
That they were necessary and since you were not able to watch told today's hearings well we did it for you here -- the highlights.
Does intelligence community kept track of how many times phone records obtained.
Through section 215 the Patriot -- -- critical.
To discover and disruption of terrorist threats.
I don't have those figures today -- we've talked to the Intel community about this yesterday but you didn't have the figures yes I gave an approximate number to them and give us your pride okay classified but it's dozens.
Terrorist events that these have helped.
Prevent I want the American people to know that we're trying to be transparent here.
Protect civil liberties and privacy but also the security of this country if you knew that the suspect had made a call -- area code 31 to the city of Chicago.
Defies logic that you need to collect all of the telephone calls made in the 312 area code on the chance that one of those persons might be on the other end of the phone.
If you have a suspected -- suspected contact.
That to me is clear I want you go after that person.
Right I'm concerned about is the reach beyond that that affects innocent people use.
Gotten into phone records.
You've gotten into.
Where they might be -- going you've gotten -- to who they might be emailing.
What else do you feel that you can get great harm has already been done.
By opening this up and the consequence I believe is our security -- jeopardize there's no doubt in my mind.
That we will lose capabilities as a result of this and that not only the United States but those allies that it we have helped.
Will no longer be as safe as they were two weeks ago some of these are still going to be classified and should be.
Because if we tell the terrorists every way they were -- -- they will get through and Americans will die.
That's a pretty strong statement now here's why this is important -- -- as you just heard the NSA director said that there are other classified programs that we don't know about.
Well how can we as Americans be sure that our privacy is not being invaded second why should you law abiding citizens take the administration at its word.
As we've seen in the past few days President Obama said one thing -- at least on another.
And finally the bottom line is the NSA needs to keep Americans safe but the agency also needs to do this without trampling on the constitution.
And bottoming out reaction to lawmakers Republicans.
That's Tim -- camping congressman Steve King gentlemen welcome a program.
And beyond John thank you -- congressman -- -- let me begin with you Loretta Sanchez.
Said lawmakers learned significantly more about the spy programs at the NSA and she said.
I'll tell you what we've heard me -- the public is only the quote tip of the iceberg.
You don't just talk about.
Clash on there there's more to it today and what.
Really bothers me and I think should bother most Americans is this administration certainly willing to -- congress' mr.
clapper apparently did in March.
Willing to to mislead and cover up what's going on there's -- classified information here.
But there's a member of congress there's plenty of things that they told us yesterday that where were brand new to us.
They and -- are several issues of probable cause real issues of why do you have to collect up to a billion phone records every day.
To collect that to go after that proverbial find the needle in the haystack and as a real questions.
Distressed because who can you trust and -- in this administration -- IRS.
Mean guys they -- now follow up with that with the scandal she said it astounded many of you that one up there we'll astounded by what you learned yesterday.
I was just down about what I learned -- I hosts who also was astounded that when members and administration.
Admit they lied to members of congress.
And then -- that was probably the right thing to do.
On these issues -- the question was raised but one of my colleagues so if you -- to members of congress and open here and had a we know you're not lying to us in this classified briefing as well.
They and I I it's just hard to trust what they're saying.
I'm what I'm gonna play that tape in just two seconds so people know exactly what you're referring to congressman king good to see you were you astounded is this the tip of the and it.
Is this really just the tip of the iceberg I mean I'd be shocked.
You know you know shot I don't think I was astounded and I think that the breadth of this had already been released out into open source.
-- of the materials and I was reading some of that you know across Internet there's maybe have known where it's what sites I was going to.
I really understood I thought the scope of what they've delivered.
But I wasn't confident in their response that they gave.
And then also the way they Parse their language and reference particular type sections of the code there wasn't clear to me where they are drawing their authority from -- where they were hanging their hat.
And I think that you could probably justify each component of all this surveillance on its own.
Maybe constitution maybe statutorily maybe justify -- as far as.
A state intrusion into privacy forty what this whole picture together it's more than creepy it's beyond the imagination -- George Orwell.
I mean exhibit are hard to new things that we don't know about his broad and and general and isn't it could -- bigger fishing expedition and what we now.
-- -- while particular event fishing expedition has a capability not necessarily utilizing at all.
-- -- of it -- tracking all phone records not necessarily audio but possibly all self are well all cell phone activity the movement of it.
The down the Internet activity this there but that all together and then know that they also have a picture -- sides of the envelope of every snail mail.
And look at an IRS and as a software package to search listen -- a political enemies.
And look at a program that the Obama administration used politically to profile people by using -- open source data.
Maybe not exclusively and you've got a picture here that the American people are very concerned about -- My congressman -- camp let's go back to what you're referring to earlier and that is in the national intelligence director James clapper.
This is what he said when asked directly if this was happening when senator Wyden asked him.
Does the NSA collecting any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of American.
No -- It does not.
There are cases where they could in inadvertently perhaps.
Collect but not not -- -- And before I get to his clarification.
Was that a lie congressman hill's camp in light of all the we -- at this moment.
From everything we know it certainly looks and Sampson.
Like ally Sean and but what this astounding and I classified briefing saying -- that's I had to tell you -- -- and the people deserve to know -- not have to sacrifice.
For individual liberties for security it's a difficult job to do.
But -- is an attorney general in this chief of staff were convicted of lying to congress they and I think clapper still in the same thing here.
I never thought anybody could top Bill Clinton in terms of parsing words where a low but I never really thought we -- alone I mean which is one of my all time favorite -- -- But now we've got.
Clapper actually does what he said that ABC news trying to clarify.
What was alive that he said to senator Wyden watch that's.
I have great respect for senator Wyden I thought goal in retrospect.
I was asked for -- you know start stop beating your wife kind of question which is.
Answerable necessarily by a simple yes you know.
So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful or at least -- truthful manner by saying -- The least untruthful matter but it was happening he knew was happening and why knew that he knew what was happening right center right got congressman king.
It looks to me like TV essentially confessed that he willfully misinformed congress.
And now we'll tell you that I've seen a number of these cabinet members come before the committees that I serve on.
Had -- Powell say that they come out willfully tell us something that's dishonest but they'd I've never seen them come.
What the intention of informing congress it should be here's the open book there -- we're doing the right thing we want to inform you instead.
It's diverted sob escape its -- it's run out the clock.
As I am not really out of patience with this administration and I -- lied to and a classified setting in the past so this is a case it's not the first time.
All right guys thank you both for being with us we have -- -- news tonight the --
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