Source: Wired Threat Level
“… NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place.” -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), August 23.
“The ongoing national dialogue is not about your performance. The NSA/CSS work force has executed its national security responsibilities with equal and full respect for civil liberties and privacy.” -- NSA chief Keith Alexander, June 25.
“The government cannot target anyone under the court-approved procedures for this program unless there is an appropriate and documented foreign intelligence purpose for the acquisition, such as for the prevention of terrorism, hostile cyber activities or nuclear proliferation” -- Attorney General Eric Holder, June 15
“Now part of the reason [NSA spy powers] are not abused is because they’re — these checks are in place, and those abuses would be against the law and would be against the orders of the FISC,” -- President Barack Obama, August 9.
“The administration is obeying the law, but the fact is we want more oversight.” -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), June 6
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked “So what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.” -- James Clapper, director of national intelligence, March 12
Reporter’s note: Government officials have uttered plenty of other untruths in the wake of Snowden’s revelations.