Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has admitted that the National Security Agency should have disclosed more about the bulk data collection that it has engaged in for more than a decade.

He made the surprising statements in an interview with The Daily Beast.
The bulk data program is designed to collect certain information on all US phone calls, although there have been recent disagreements about how much cell phone data is swept up.

In the interview, Clapper said the controversy could have been avoided if more information about the program was disclosed at its outset, back in 2001.

He suggests the public, still shaken from the 9/11 attacks, would have been on board with such a program. Clapper said:
 

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