More than half of US senators skipped confidential briefing on NSA surveillance


As anger continues to foment over the US National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs, a confidential briefing on the topic held Thursday was attended by only 47 of 100 US senators.

The Hill reports that the briefing hosted several key players in the formation and execution of government surveillance programs, including NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as well as a former judge from the secret FISA court which authorizes surveillance requests. But many senators instead elected to catch early flights home for Father’s Day weekend, leaving dozens of chairs in the chamber empty.

The meeting comes a little more than a week after a series of disclosures published by The…

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