Monday, June 10, 2013

Lawmakers: Americans in the Dark on Gov't Snooping


Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Lawmakers: Americans in the Dark on Gov't Snooping

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Revelations this week that the National Security Agency has gathered massive amounts of data from domestic phone records and international Internet communications has outraged civil libertarians, while more hawkish Democrats and Republicans have defended the practices, NBC News reported. The one area on which both sides agree is that Americans don’t know how closely the government is scrutinizing their private conversations in the name of national security, NBC News reported. "I don't think they know a lot of things that the government is doing in our effort [to counter terrorism]," Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican defender of the programs said Sunday on CNN. Sen. Mark Udall, a Colo. Democrat and critic of the NSA methods who was aware of the program as a member of the Senate's intelligence panel, said on CNN, "My main concern is Americans don't know the extent to which they are being surveilled." The NSA controversy has renewed debate over how the government should be restricted in its intelligence and national security practices. Get More at NBC News


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