El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — Some lawmakers Friday called for reforms and greater transparency in the surveillance operations of the National Security Agency following a report that the agency repeatedly violated privacy rules, while U.S. officials stressed that any mistakes are not intentional. The contrasting reactions came after The Washington Post reported that the NSA broke rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in recent years, and the chief judge of the special federal surveillance court that oversees NSA spy programs said the court's ability to provide oversight is limited.
El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke released this statement today on facebook:
"The level of arrogance and contempt at the NSA for the citizens of this country, for their representatives in Congress, for the constitution is stunning.
I am an orignal co-sponsor of the LIBERT-E Act, which will rein-in this out of control agency, provide for oversight and transparency and help restore the balance between liberty and security. I will continue to work to bring other members to join us so we can get this passed and signed into law."