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NSA may have nabbed phone records too during Salt Lake Olympics



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Calls for investigation » Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has sued the government over domestic surveillance, said this week that the reports about spying during the Olympics just add to the reasons for a thorough investigation of the NSA’s practices.

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"There’s a lot out there that we do know, where a picture is beginning to be painted, but if the president truly wants to have this debate as he’s repeatedly said, we need more transparency," Opsahl said. "We need to know what’s going on now and what happened then in greater detail."

Congress has already held hearings on the NSA’s operations, though more are likely this fall.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has called for additional hearings and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has asked the NSA’s inspector general to answer several questions about the agency’s actions.

"The American people are questioning the NSA and the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court system," Grassley said Wednesday. "Accountability for those who intentionally abused surveillance authorities and greater transparency can help rebuild that trust and ensure that both national security and the Constitution are protected."

tburr@sltrib.com




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