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The Guardian: Intelligence Committee Withheld Key File Before Critical NSA Vote, Amash Claims

admin, August 12, 2013

From the Guardian: House Republican Justin Amash (MI), who led the effort to defund the NSA surveillance programs last month, has indicated that members of the House Intelligence Committee “never allowed legislators outside the panel to see a 2011 document that described the surveillance in vague terms” prior to a 2011 vote on reauthorizing the Patriot Act. The document, which was declassified by the Obama administration last month, was prepared by the Department of Justice and intelligence agencies for Congress, but they “left it for the intelligence committees in Congress to make the document available to their colleagues.”