“Obama faces Dem backlash over latest NSA revelations”
“…the National Security Agency broke privacy rules and overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008.
The details were…based on an audit and other…documents provided by…Edward Snowden…challenged claims by…Obama…the NSA was not abusing its authority, and complicated his effort to reassure Americans and Congress…the surveillance programs are nothing to be worried about.
…Nancy Pelosi called the latest reports “extremely disturbing.”
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif…said: “Reports that the NSA repeatedly overstepped its legal boundaries, broke privacy regulations and attempted to shield required disclosure of violations are outrageous, inappropriate and must be addressed.”
…Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he planned to hold another hearing in the wake of the report.
The…audit counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications.”