Members of Congress denied access to secrets they are entitled to know

It's no wonder that the NSA surveillance programs came as a big surprise to so many members of Congress. The Hill: A top member on the House Intelligence Committee suggested this week that it's easy for his colleagues to see classified documents. "There's members of Congress who said they didn't know about [NSA surveillance programs]. They could have gotten a briefing whenever they wanted to," Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Monday during an interview on Fox News Channel. But that's not quite true, according to the former top-ranking Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Former Intelligence Committee leaders Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.) said that just because a member asks for access doesn't mean that it will be granted. Hoekstra said that House lawmakers must submit a formal request for access to certain information. "The committee will have a business meeting, and the committee will have a vote as to whether they will allow a...(Read Full Post)