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This April 18, 2013 file photo shows National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said in an interview published on Monday that the intelligence community should’ve told the American public about secret phone-data collection when that program first began years ago.

“I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will,” Clapper told the Daily Beast. “Had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11 — which is the genesis of the 215 program — and said both to the American people and to their elected representatives, we need to cover this gap, we need to make sure this never happens to us again, so here is what we are going to…

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DNI Clapper: We Should’ve Come Clean About Phone Surveillance… Published on: 18 February 2014 | 5:46 am

DNI Clapper: We Should’ve Come Clean About Phone Surveillance

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