McConnell, GOP defend NSA

by Jordain Carney  |  published on May 8, 2015


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other top Republicans on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s surveillance program as vital to protecting national security.

McConnell and other Republicans also starkly criticized legislation that would effectively end the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program.

“It will neither keep us safe nor protect our privacy,” the Kentucky Republican said of the USA Freedom Act.

Congress faces a June 1 deadline to renew the Patriot Act, which authorizes the NSA bulk data program.

McConnell has pushed for a flat extension of the program, known as Section 215, but there are Democrats and Republicans in the Senate who want to approve legislation that would curtail it.

Hours before McConnell’s remarks, a federal court ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was illegal. The federal court ruling, a major victory for the NSA’s opponents, struck like a lightning bolt into the congressional debate over whether to extend the Patriot Act.

  • Greg137

    Thank you! KENTUCKY, for giving us this trench coated democrat… WHY did the senate appoint this man? Who in their right minds voted for this big government coward? IF you vote for McConnell then you are not a Republican! I would rather you vote independent then this brazen traitor… So Tea party do us a FAVOR and don’t split your vote in the next primary!!! REPUBLICANS OF KENTUCKY DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS MAN!!! EVEN IF IT MEEAN GETTING DEMOCRAT TO REPLACE HIM… Better yet Vote Independent…

  • Bob2002

    McConnell is an idiot who obviously is benefiting from NSA collection of data and because if it is so important to national security, what is wrong with getting a judge’s order in order to legally collect data on someone? These days national security is used to many times to justify an unlawful act. That is exactly what the Patriot Act is; an unlawful act.

  • raffaelecafagna

    Why do we have retarded imbeciles of this caliber in this so called congress .??? What are they doing there !!!!!! Nothing ; their pockets and interests are first.

  • donald540

    I DO think that the NSA has it place BUT NOT collecting ALL of our electronic information and LEAVING it available to anybody the has a security clearance (THOUSANDS) with NO real limits to what even THEY could just LOOK At whenever they WANT.

    I would ACCEPT their accumulation of tis information IF this had a HUGE security a LOT bigger and LESS accessible than even the MOST SECRET national secret papers and they had to get maybe several courts to issue a SINGLE warrant and had to record those warrants just to SEE our information, so that somebody could TRACK who and when these people got their warrants and WHO granted those warrants.

    Also IF there was an INDEPENDENT administration there to CHECK to SEE if somebody might be ABUSING their priviiege to see OUR information at random times.

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