House Intelligence Committee investigating phone tapping

Published: Oct 29, 2013 13:11pm EDT
By ObedientCitizen, Technology Editor for Konsume Politics

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 29, 2013 @ 01:11pm EDT


Director of national intelligence, James Clapper and NSA director Keith Alexander, will testify in an open session of congress today, to answer questions surrounding the NSA’s alleged phone tapping of foreign leaders. It is widely reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the target of telephone surveillance.

The White House has distanced itself from the surveillance program as reaction from European allies has drawn sharp criticism.

There have been legislative efforts to scale back data collection efforts in the wake of leaks originating from NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Wisconsin congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the USA Freedom Act, which would halt the NSA’s ability to collect domestic phone records in the United States.


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