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.