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David Grannis is the present Staff Director to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, under SSCI Chairman Senator Dianne Feinstein. Both have served in those capacities since January 2009.

David Grannis is most notable for his statements to the press in relation to the NSA spying, revealed by the Snowden disclosures.


David Grannis was born in New York in 1975.[1]Template:Dead link He studied chemistry and public policy, before moving to Washington, D.C. to work in Congress.[1]

SSCI Staff DirectorEdit

Grannis has served as Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff director since January 2009[2] also serving as Chairman Feinstein’s adviser on national security matters. Grannis was Feinstein’s staff designee to the panel from 2005 to 2009.[2] He has been at various times the lead staff overseer of parts of the CIA’s intelligence budget, Iraq, and intelligence related to Israeli and Palestinian issues.[1]

Prior to his appointment as SSCI Staff Director, Grannis worked for the House Homeland Security Committee between 2003-2005, and as senior policy advisor to House Representative Jane Harman from 2001-2003.,[3] and as intelligence liaison for Senator Dianne Feinstein, between 2004 to 2009.

NSA statementsEdit

During the NSA leak scandal, Grannis served as a spokesperson at various points for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In October 2103, Senator Feinstein had indicated that the NSA collected cell phone geolocation data of U.S. citizens. Shortly thereafter, Grannis denied her statements,[4] stating the Senator was "speaking extemporaneously".[4]

Grannis' denials were later proven false by pending Snowden disclosures, i.e. the NSA was, in fact, collecting geolocation data of U.S. citizen cell phone users.[5]

The administration made similar such denials[6] as did U.S. Courts,.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Journal Profile:David Grannis, Majority Staff Director, Senate Intelligence CommitteeTemplate:Dead link
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  3. Biography of David Grannis (CENSA)Template:Dead link
  4. 4.0 4.1 Senate intelligence committee director denies NSA collects data on Americans’ cellphone locations, Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau (Miami Herald Tribune, October 2, 2013)
  5. How Americans Were Deceived About Cell-Phone Location, Conor Friersdorf, The Atlantic, 11 December 2013
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