NSA surveillance critics to testify before Congress

Posted: July 27, 2013 in Congress, Surveillance
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Democratic congressman Alan Grayson says hearing will help stop ‘constant misleading information’ from intelligence chief Paul Lewis in Washington

Grayson said: ‘I am concerned that we have heard from James Clapper … but that we have barely heard anything from critics of the program.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Congress will hear testimony from critics of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices for the first time since the whistleblower Edward Snowden’s explosive leaks were made public.

Democratic congressman Alan Grayson, who is leading a bipartisan group of congressman organising the hearing, told the Guardian it would serve to counter the “constant misleading information” from the intelligence community.

The hearing, which will take place on Wednesday, comes amid evidence of a growing congressional rebellion NSA data collection methods.

On Wednesday, a vote in the House of Representatives that would have tried to curb the NSA’s practice…

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