The hearing was set to feature a swath of NSA critics from the right and left—whose voices have been excluded from congressional debates dominated by NSA and national intelligence directors—including Greenwald who broke the NSA spying story, NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe, and officials from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Cato Institute.

“Rather than asking our Democratic colleagues to choose between speaking with the President of the United States, or attend a hearing on the immensely important topic of domestic surveillance, we reluctantly opted to push the hearing back,” Grayson’s press secretary Lauren Doney told Common Dreams Wednesday.

“I’m not in a position to speculate on the President’s motivation for meeting with the Democratic Caucus this week,” Doney told Common Dreams, in response to questions about whether Obama may have intentionally created a time conflict. She claimed that the hearing will be rescheduled sometime in September after the Congressional recess but said there is currently no set date.

The hearing was to take place as a recent McClatchy-Marist poll shows people in the US are furious at NSA spying, days after a legislative attempt to curb the spying died before getting off the ground.


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