Reaction on Capitol Hill to the recent developments has been mixed. In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), praised the PCLOB report for calling for an end to the bulk metadata apparatus and questioning "the legality and constitutionality of the program."
On the other hand, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), one of the staunchest defenders of the NSA on the Hill, blasted the report.
"I am disappointed that three members of the board decided to step well beyond their policy and oversight role and conducted a legal review of a program that has been thoroughly reviewed," Rogers said. "Further, I don't believe the board should go outside its expertise to opine on the effectiveness of counterterrorism programs."