Leading Democrats are angry about the newest revelations coming from the NSA and are taking on their own president, Barack Obama over it. New information has emerged that there were 2776 instances where information was was accessed improperly. Some were inadvertent , but others were not so.
Sen Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has promised new hearings on the subject.
"The American people rely on the intelligence community to provide forthright and complete information so that Congress and the courts can properly conduct oversight. I remain concerned that we are still not getting straightforward answers from the NSA. I plan to hold another hearing on these matters in the Judiciary Committee and will continue to demand honest and forthright answers from the intelligence community."
Nancy Pelosi calls the revelations, "extremely disturbing." Rep Mike Thompson, D-Ca, was quoted as saying, "Reports that the NSA repeatedly overstepped its legal boundaries, broke privacy regulations and attempted to shield required disclosure of violations are outrageous, inappropriate and must be addressed."
This is not the first time Democrats have split with the White House over these issues. Previously, Sen Ron Wyden, D-Or and Mark Udall, D-CO, complained about the lack of transparency and revealed that what the American people were being told was less than truthful.
Last month, the House narrowly voted against dismantling the agency. There are another 19 bills pending that would put restraints on the NSA. President Obama suggested an overseer, but there is already a panel in place that is supposed to do that very thing, and many doubt another one would be effective.
The May audit of the program found there were 2776 violations of privacy in the collections, the most egregious of which was the violation of a court order and the unauthorized use of information on 3,000 citizens and green card holders.