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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 31, 2013

During a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today, the National Security Agency sought to reassure Congress that its surveillance powers were rigorously monitored and narrowly crafted while leaving open the possibility of some new limitations, the Citizen Tribune reports. Facing unexpectedly harsh opposition from both parties over a once-secret program that captures the phone records of every American, the administration said it wanted to work with lawmakers interested in putting limits on that authority. "We are open to re-evaluating this program in ways that can perhaps provide greater confidence and public trust that this is in fact a program that achieves both privacy protections and national security," said Robert Litt, counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.