Rogers: NSA ‘is not listening’ to Americans’ phone calls
June 16th, 2013
12:27 PM ET

Rogers: NSA ‘is not listening’ to Americans’ phone calls

By Ashley Killough

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee strongly asserted Sunday that the National Security Agency is not recording Americans’ phone calls under U.S. surveillance programs, and any statements suggesting differently amount to “misinformation.”

Lining up with Obama administration officials—and the president himself—Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said the NSA “is not listening to Americans’ phone calls,” nor monitoring their emails.

“If it did, it is illegal. It is breaking the law,” Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think (Americans) think there's this mass surveillance of what you're saying on your phone call and what you're typing in your emails. That is just not happening.”

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  1. Monty Python

    Wink wink say no more...say no more.

    June 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  2. jboh

    I thought all the conservative crowd loved the "Patriot" Act. That's the act that made all this legal. Also, if you have watched a crime show on TV, you will know that police have been "dumping phone records" since at least the '90's. Also remember that the info gathered was already held by corporations. I'd rather it be used to track terrorists/criminals than to customize advertising to sell me junk I don't want.

    June 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  3. Dave in Arizona

    Boy who cried wolf?
    How can we ever believe anything said by a person and organization built around the very concept of subterfuge?

    June 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  4. Ol' Yeller

    I'm pretty sure the NSA isn't out to get the people complaining about the wars or politics, or arguing sports, or having an affair, or complaining about their boss or congressman or President, etc.... This is getting so blown out of proportion... right now Google (or whatever... pick one) monitors your e-mails and uses the information to try and sell you golf clubs or whatnot. This is NOT a massive governamental project to round up the 'dissidents' and place them in 'FEMA camps' guarded by 'Black Helicopters'... and it it is... none of you clowns on here complaining about are doing a d a m n thing to stop it by posting whines. Get real, people.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  5. Pete

    Don't blame Rogers,he's only doing what the Bush,Cheney laws have him say..And gripe too loud people because Bushs monster in the PatriotAct,Homeland security will be out to get yah...Just something else I was against in Bushs policies after 9/11 and I was told by you republicans how unpatriotic,unamerican I was and told to leave if I didn't like it..Now republicans the shoes on the other foot and if you don't like it again as I was told leave as well..Republicans your pathedic president in Bush the imbecile created it with Cheney the heartless one so quit being so supposidly patriotic and fix another one of your presidents debacles ,its your votes that put him there so act American and fix up your messes we democrates are always getting stuck with ..Maybe after fixing a few of his and your catastrophes you might vote differently next time!!

    June 17, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
  6. Michael Shawn Bracewell

    Watch PBS NOVA special "The Spy Factory" . In the latter half of the program, it shows how Global Communications are copy/pasted including all voice traffic and internet traffic. The program details exactly how we are being lied to.
    It's on Watch it Now on NETFLIX.

    June 17, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  7. Laughable joke

    Does this or any politician actual think we believe anything our government says?

    Our elected officials have become the biggest threat to our freedoms, liberties and our way of life.

    Right or left, it makes no difference, our government is no longer a government of the people and is now a government of the self-serving politicians who can care less about "We The People".

    June 17, 2013 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      Thank you, Laughable Joke. You said it all!

      June 17, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
  8. California

    Yeah, right, sure. We believe you

    June 17, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  9. ?

    now that he gave up the brits as well, we can go ahead and blow his brains out all over the morning newspapers and their will be plausable deniability

    June 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  10. Portland tony

    The NSA is welcome to track all the telemarketers that call me daily!

    June 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • AVP

      I hear that!

      June 17, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
  11. AVP

    Im not going to worry about it. If it was kept secret I wouldn't have known. Just as long as it doesn't get out of control let them use it to catch the monsters out there. Its not going to go away because we complain about it.

    June 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  12. Rebecca

    Metadata has an enormous amount of information and perhaps more than a phone call. Right to privacy? A joke in this country.

    June 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Kyle

      Please stop talking about things you have no clue about, stop with the misinformation. That's like saying a books index has more information than the chapters or sections it references.

      June 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Talk about misinformation, Kyle, what do you think that this clown Mike Rogers is trying to do to us? Only a fool would believe this joker!

        June 17, 2013 at 4:57 am |
  13. George Patton-2

    One would one expect this bozo Mile Rogers to say? Of course NSA is trying to ferret out people like us who don't all these obscene wars that we're in and listening to peoples' conversations is one way of doing it! It would be quite nice if they would use this method to bust C hild P ornograpers but they won't!

    June 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Reply

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