Senators accuse government of using 'secret law' to collect Americans' dataSubmitted by ockhamsliberty on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:13
"A bipartisan group of 26 US senators has written to intelligence chiefs to complain that the administration is relying on a "secret body of law" to collect massive amounts of data on US citizens.
The senators accuse officials of making misleading statements and demand that the director of national intelligence James Clapper answer a series of specific questions on the scale of domestic surveillance as well as the legal justification for it.
In their strongly-worded letter to Clapper, the senators said they believed the government may be misinterpreting existing legislation to justify the sweeping collection of telephone and internet data revealed by the Guardian."
Full Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/28/senators-james-c...
A copy of the letter: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/28/senators-james-c...
In particular notice how the letter requests James Clapper to direct the intelligence community to provide answers in an UNCLASSIFIED form.
Looks like the letter is signed by 22 Democrat senators and 4 Republican senators (including Mike Lee but not including Rand... have not heard anything as to why Rand did not sign the letter).