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Sen. Franken’s Statement on Reports of NSA Collection of Phone Data

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) gave the following statement in response to reports of the National Security Agency's collection of phone data:

"There's a balance to strike between protecting Americans' privacy and protecting our country's national security. I don't think we've struck that balance. I'm concerned about the lack of transparency of these programs. The American public can't be kept in the dark about the basic architecture of the programs designed to protect them.

"We need to revisit how we address that balance. I agree with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) that the relevant significant FISA Court opinions should be made public to the degree possible, consistent with protecting national security."

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