By the way, greyhat, congresspeople weren't denied detailed information, they were looking for basic information on these programs and on FISA court rulings, which were flatly denied. They even made their own correspondence public.
The members sitting on the IC's for both the House and Senate are backed by massive amounts of pro-surveillance funding.
Finally, there is no recourse for action by congress aside from passing a sweeping law, since they can't pass one on the particulars, which is something that will never pass, as we've already seen. There is no oversight happening here, the IC acts as a rubber stamp for the expansion of the surveillance state.
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
First we have to toss out the SQRLS (Status Quo Republican Losers) and replace them with conservatives who will support and defend the Constitution. After we rid ourselves of the socialists in the Republican party we can go after the Marxists, progressives, liberals and socialists in the Democratic party.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.