Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA / Suggesting a new Shadow Government

Engineering Evil

Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance

Morgan Griffith’s requests for NSA information

Alan Grayson’s requests for NSA information

Glenn Greenwald

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    Members of Congress are increasingly frustrated at their inability to obtain even basic information about the NSA and FISA court. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House members demonstrate.

    From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency’s defenders have insisted that Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. “These programs are subject to congressional oversight and congressional reauthorization and congressional debate,” President Obama said the day after the…

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