Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 4.28.25 PMThe first external examination of the NSA’s activities was conducted by Senator Frank Church. In 1975, after a review of the NSA’s activities, Church, the first chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said:


“That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left….There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny.”