NSA violations compared to Obamacare website ills

Associated Press
A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Fort Meade, Md. Another release of declassified government surveillance documents is underway as part of an ongoing civil liberties lawsuit. The Obama administration published more than 1,000 pages of once-secret court opinions and National Security Agency procedures on the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Nov. 18, 2103. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The intelligence community's top lawyer is defending the surveillance violations by staff of the National Security Agency by comparing programs that collect mass amounts of information on Americans to problems with the troubled health care website.

The general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence, Robert Litt, spoke Tuesday to a conference at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.

Litt says that complicated technology systems frequently don't work as they are expected to work.

He says using the word 'abuse' in the context of the operation of the NSA's surveillance program is a little bit like saying the Department of Health and Human Services is abusing people because of the fact that the Obamacare websites don't work properly.