The Washington Times
August 10, 2013
In March, Sen. Ron Wyden asked Director of National IntelligenceJames R. Clapper if the federal government had “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Mr. Clapper replied, “Not wittingly.”
In June, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) had not only been collecting millions of Americans’ phone data, but every American’s phone data — wittingly.
This astounding level of surveillance that government officials first denied quickly became something they were eager to defend. All of it was essential and necessary, we were told. President Obama and others also assured us that the NSA was only collecting “metadata” and not eavesdropping on our phone calls.