For the second time in two weeks, top intelligence agency officials appear before a Senate committee. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and LTG Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testify at a FISA oversight hearing chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Sept. 26, the two intel chiefs discussed the rationale for collecting phone records of American citizens, a secret process revealed in documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden.
In a recent speech at Georgetown University on intelligence issues, Sen. Leahy called for changes to the FISA court system and an end to the wide-ranging collection of U.S. phone records.
In addition, the Senator is urging a complete review by the intelligence community's inspector general of the government's use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which covers phone record searches, and Section 702 of FISA, which covers Internet communications.