Eric Holder Refuses To Answer If DOJ Monitored Phones For Members Of Congress
And here's coverage of the Verizon Scandal Sen Kirk (R-Illinois) mentioned.
Report: NSA Collecting Daily Phone Logs of Millions of American Verizon Customers.
And as usual, "It's all good." with the White House
The Washington Post via weaselzippers
White House Spokesman Defends Domestic Wiretapping Program
Senator Obama begs to differ.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended the administration’s program of collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Verizon customers in the U.S., calling it a “critical tool.”
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday, Earnest said that while he could not disclose classified information, the top-secret court order issued in April — first reported Wednesday night by the Guardian newspaper — helped alert U.S. officials to possible terrorist activities.
Earnest read a statement at the top of his part of the gaggle, about the “robust legal regime” that reviews the use of the government powers under the Patriot Act “to ensure that they comply with the Constitution.”
He declined to say whether the particular order in question today has been in place for seven years, as lawmakers have said. But Earnest did say that the “authorities that are referenced by this reported order are something that have been in place for a number of years now.”
Thank You Sen Kirk, Zip, and the Washington Post