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Stephen Green


June 10, 2013 - 1:12 pm

The Hill has the story:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday disputed a claim President Obama made at a press conference only moments earlier, when the president said that every member of Congress had been briefed on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic phone surveillance program.

Merkley said only select members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had been briefed on the program, and that he was only aware of it because he obtained “special permission” to review the pertinent documents after hearing about it second-hand.

“I knew about the program because I specifically sought it out,” Merkley said on MSNBC. “It’s not something that’s briefed outside the Intelligence Committee. I had to get special permission to find out about the program. It raised concerns for me. … When I saw what was being done, I felt it was so out of sync with the plain language of the law and that it merited full public examination, and that’s why I called for the declassification.”

At a press conference on Friday, Obama said that every member of Congress had been briefed on the phone monitoring program.

Every member who was aware enough after not being briefed to seek out the information on their own. So I guess that clears that up.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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"When I want the opinion of either the American people or Congress....I will give it to them" - Barak Hussein Al Masri Muhammed Obama aka: Barry Dunham
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Agent Johnson: We'll try to let you know when we commandeer your troops. And, oh, when we decide to tell you everything we think you should know.
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Ho, hum. Another day, another lie.

And, oh yes, people HAVE died.

How many more will?
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