WASHINGTON (AP) - The intelligence community's top lawyer is defending the surveillance violations by staff of the National Security Agency by comparing programs that collect mass amounts of information on Americans to problems with the troubled health care website.
The general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence, Robert Litt, spoke Tuesday to a conference at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.
Litt says that complicated technology systems frequently don't work as they are expected to work.
He says using the word 'abuse' in the context of the operation of the NSA's surveillance program is a little bit like saying the Department of Health and Human Services is abusing people because of the fact that the Obamacare websites don't work properly.
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