Congress Chose Not to Know About NSA Surveillance, Says Former VP Dick Cheney

| by Michael Allen
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney recently claimed that members of Congress, who he briefed in 2004, chose not to know about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, which was disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Cheney said he briefed congressional leaders, whom he refused to identify, three years after the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program started, reports the Associated Press.

“I said, ‘Do you think we ought to come back to the Congress in order to get more formal authorization?’ and they said, ‘Absolutely not.’ Everybody, Republican and Democrat, said, ‘Don’t come back up here, it will leak’,” Cheney said.

Cheney said he helped create the program run by the NSA, which monitors Americans phone calls and emails without a warrant.

He claimed the NSA had “phenomenal results” in stopping terrorist attacks, but he offered no proof.

“There was a time when it was a very, very close hold," Cheney said. "Unfortunately it’s become public. If you tell the enemy how you are reading their mail, it’s going to lessen your capability to do that."

However, that cat was actually out of the bag years ago during the Bush administration when warrantless wiretapping was revealed by other whistleblowers, noted The Daily Caller. Snowden simply exposed how big the eavesdropping is.

Source: Associated Press and The Daily Caller