President Barack Obama's national security team argued to keep its sweeping domestic surveillance powers intact, even as it acknowledged some limitations appear inevitable. Facing unexpectedly harsh ... more 
President Barack Obama's national security team argued to keep its sweeping domestic surveillance powers intact, even as it acknowledged some limitations appear inevitable. Facing unexpectedly harsh opposition from both parties over its once-secret program capable of sweeping up the phone records of every American, the Obama administration said it wanted to work with lawmakers who seemed intent on putting limits on that authority. As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents that authorized and explained the bulk collection of telephone data, one of the surveillance programs revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says that classified details of the recently revealed government collection of phone records shows little evidence that the program helped prevent dozens of terrorist attacks, as claimed by the head of the National Security Agency. less 
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