Motion: This House supports the NSA phone surveillance program
Jun 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Recently, Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), disclosed details of classified NSA surveillance programs to the press. These programs include a huge database the federal government keeps on hundreds of billions of telephone calls within the US or originating overseas to the US.
The database's existence has prompted fierce objections. It is often viewed as an illegal warrantless search that violates Americans' basic constitutional rights. "The program goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act and represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy," said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU's deputy legal director.
President Obama and aides have defended the NSA phone intercept program, saying it has helped prevent terrorist attacks and is subject to oversight by Congress and a special (and secret) court. In the past week, the NSA chief testified before the Senate that 'dozens' of terror attacks have been stopped using phone data from the surveillance program.
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