It seems very strange that Congress professes shock that the National Security Agency is intercepting people’s telephone calls. Author James Bamfield has detailed exactly that in his books for years.
In his 1982 book, “The Puzzle Palace,” Bamfield wrote how the NSA monitored satellite traffic from an antenna farm at the Yakima Training Center. In 2008’s “The Shadow Factory” he gave explicit details about how fiber-optic cable traffic, both foreign and domestic, was diverted into secret “black rooms” at the major telephone companies switching centers.
It was any open secret to the technicians who worked at those exchanges. Snooping by NSA is old news, not something shockingly new.