Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in front of the federal district court in Washington, where he filed his lawsuit against the Obama administration and the NSA. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Johnson on the hearing about the NSA's surveillance programs

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NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court

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