Lawmakers blast phone surveillance dragnet: ‘we have a very serious violation of the law’


US lawmakers expressed outrage and indignation in front of senior intelligence community officials this morning in a House Judiciary Hearing on the government’s massive telephone metadata collection program, known as the Associational Tracking Program. Top officials from the US Department of Justice, the National Security Agency (NSA), the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence were grilled over the widespread collection of telephone records under the program, which feeds information about every call placed in the US through major telecommunications companies including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

The government has faced intense public scrutiny since the extent of the program, which has been collecting all call…

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