Lawmakers denounce NSA privacy violations, call for answers

Lawmakers on Friday were quick to express their dismay over the thousands of privacy violations committed by the National Security Agency in recent years.

Internal audit documents obtained by the Post's Barton Gellman on Thursday night showed thousands of violations per year since Congress gave the NSA broad new powers in 2008.

“Press reports that the National Security Agency broke privacy rules thousands of times per year and reportedly sought to shield required disclosure of privacy violations are extremely disturbing," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he will hold a hearing on the matter.

"The American people rely on the intelligence community to provide forthright and complete information so that Congress and the courts can properly conduct oversight," Leahy said. "I remain concerned that we are still not getting straightforward answers from the NSA."

Here's more reaction from lawmakers on Twitters:



Updated at 11:17 a.m.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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