Last week I noted, with some frustration, that the revelations about the NSA were not attracting the attention of much of the public (only 33 percent of Americans over 50 and only 12 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 were following the coverage of the NSA actions closely). Apparently, the Senate has received the message. Only a minority of our senators attended thursday’s closed door briefing with National Intelligence Director Clapper and NSA Director Keith Alexander.
The Hill quotes Danielle Pletka from the American Enterprise Institute:
“If members were more diligent about attending briefings they would be far better informed about what’s going on, and they would also be far more willing to challenge the intelligence community on the conclusions that they come to,” she said.
“The truth is that members always come in at the end of the game, and as a result they take as gospel the assessments that they receive from the intelligence community,” she added.
Fundraising, Father’s Day, democratic oversight of the NSA’s surveillance programs…so much to do, so little time. And to schedule such things on a Thursday (i.e., the weekend).