Wyden Touts Whistleblower Protections in Intelligence Bill (Video)

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Sen. Ron Wyden is chastising a recent policy directive while highlighting new whistleblower protections in the intelligence bill that the Senate quietly passed Wednesday evening .  

In a widely-reported April directive, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. prohibited intelligence agency personnel from making unauthorized contact with members of the media. In the view of Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has been a longtime skeptic of surveillance programs, the policy could be implemented in far too many circumstances.  

Rockefeller Doesn't Trust Phone Companies With NSA's Metadata (Updated) (Video)

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The senator who might know the most about telecommunications companies doesn't want them serving as stewards of Americans' phone records.  

Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., made that clear in a lengthy statement delivered during the first round of questioning at Tuesday's Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats featuring testimony from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and other top security officials.