It has been well-documented that the government conducted mass surveillance on Americans before 9/11.
Now Diane Roark – the congressional staffer in charge of overseeing the NSA for the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee – says that NSA’s mass surveillance started by 1999 or earlier … but NSA hid it from Congress:
Roark: Program started no later than 1999 and was hidden from Congress. Was a program looking for an excuse.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) May 28, 2015