Even Senators have to wonder

Even Senators have to wonder

by digby

Senator Bernie Sanders asks NSA Director General Keith Alexander a very interesting question:

"Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?

In case you are wondering why Sanders would inquire about such a matter, recall these documents that were finally released by the government just two and a half months ago:
The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed "disreputable," declassified documents revealed Wednesday.

The six-year spying program, dubbed "Minaret," had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance had been kept secret until now.

The documents showed the NSA tracked King and his colleague Whitney Young, boxing star Ali, journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post, and two members of Congress, Senator Frank Church of Idaho and Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.

The declassified NSA historical account of the episode called the spying "disreputable if not outright illegal."

The documents were published after the government panel overseeing classification ruled in favor of researchers at George Washington University who had long sought the release of the secret papers.

You can certainly understand why a Senator would ask such a thing in the current circumstances.

Whether a high ranking official will simply lie to his face about it is another matter.

Update: The NSA does not deny it simply says Senator Sanders has the same protections as the rest of us.  Well ok than.