Mar 202014
 
 March 20, 2014  Surveillance, U.S.

Ellen Nakashima reports:

A senior government lawyer said Wednesday that the high volume of searches that the National Security Agency makes of a database that holds Americans’ and foreigners’ communications would make court approval for queries involving Americans impractical.

Appearing before the government’s civil liberties watchdog panel, Robert S. Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said “the number of times we query” the database for information “is considerably larger” than 288. That’s the number of queries made for a different type of data in a separate NSA program that Litt used as a comparison.

Read more on Washington Post.  See also Kate Tummarello’s coverage on The Hill.

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