NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope | World news | guardian.co.uk
: "Congressman Ted Poe, a judge, said: "I hope as we move forward as a Congress we rein in the idea that it's OK to bruise
the spirit of the constitution in the name of national security.". . .Congressman Spencer Bachus said he "was not aware at all" of the extent of the surveillance, since the NSA programs were primarily briefed to the intelligence committees of the House and Senate. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren revealed that an annual report provided to Congress by the government about the phone-records collection, something cited by intelligence officials as an example of their disclosures to Congress, is "less than a single page and not more than eight sentences"."
My only comment: "bruise" is too gentle of a word in this context.