Mike Rogers: ‘More Information in Phonebook than in NSA [PRISM] Program’

by Ian Tuttle

Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the NSA’s controversial phone-number-collection program, PRISM, should not be grouped with IRS and the troubling “data hub” that the Obama administration is building. Immense oversight and “strict requirements” for using the gathered information are the reason “there [are] zero privacy violations on this in the entire length of the program and 54 disrupted terrorist plots.”

Meanwhile, says Rogers, the program is “overseen by the court, the legislature, and the executive branch. No other program has this much scrutiny with very little information. There is more information in a phonebook than there is in this big pile of phone numbers.”

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