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Senate Hearing Live Coverage: Recent Leaks Likely Topic for NSA Director

Senate Hearing Live Coverage: Recent Leaks Likely Topic for NSA Director

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander will testify today at a previously scheduled Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on enduring cybersecurity threats.  He is expected to face questions during the hearing concerning the recent leaks of details into the NSA’s phone surveillance activities.

You can follow livestream video coverage beginning at 2pm EST; follow this post for updates. [UPDATE: The feed has been removed, as the hearing has ended.]

Highlights from the hearing below:


There were other very interesting exchanges between several Senators and Gen. Alexander, most notably with Senators Durbin, Collins and Merkley.  You can listen to those audio clips at NPR.

Here’s what people were saying on Twitter…


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This is not the same hearing broadcast from CSpan. What’s going on?

Never mind. There’s a time lapse of several minutes. I will stick with this livestream. It’s much clearer with no nonstop buffering.

This hearing is a waste of time.

I would have a couple questions for the General.

1. Exactly how much data are they gathering? (whether they examine it or not)

2. What’s to stop them from illegally gathering/examining data?

3. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

From what I’ve seen so far, the general is handling himself pretty well considering that he’s doing the job that was handed to him.

Personally, I don’t think that much of what the NSA does should be in the public limelight. We need every tool available to squelch a growing threat from those who favor seventh century lifestyles…

Henry Hawkins | June 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Possible connection to this scandal, or that one, or to the one over there:

Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell has just resigned (his name was on the Benghazi talking points editing thing).

“How could a high school dropout get a 200k job managing our networks?”, the real question is “How could a distinguished senator support an agency that actively subverts the constitution”

“But the fact of the matter is is I don’t see how that compromises the security of this country whatsoever,” Tester said. ”And quite frankly, it helps people like me become aware of a situation that I wasn’t aware of before because I don’t sit on that Intelligence Committee.”

… what I wonder is if Snowden played this “light” … revealing the least damaging stuff first …

The federal surveillance programs revealed in media reports are just “the tip of the iceberg,” a House Democrat said Wednesday.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said lawmakers learned “significantly more” about the spy programs at the National Security Agency (NSA) during a briefing on Tuesday with counterterrorism officials.

“What we learned in there,” Sanchez said, “is significantly more than what is out in the media today.”

… there is supposedly more stuff to leak. It looks more and more that Snowden leaked the light-duty stuff to get everybody’s attention, and now, NSA has to fess up to Congresscritters and Senators about the entire scope of their projects, including the stuff he never leaked.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Neo. | June 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Snowden may have learned something in the way Breitbart & O’Keefe artfully withheld ACORN videos until the opposition stated its defenses, thereby blowing away those defenses (after the first ACORN video, defenders said, “aw, it’s just a local rogue office,” and then *boom* out came videos from across the country).