By LEE HAMILTON
Center on Congress
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA.
It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately needed start.
The effort to monitor Americans’ communications has been going on for at least seven years, under two presidents.
It constitutes an expansion of government power without precedent in the modern era.