McCaul: Balance Needed on NSA Procedures

Image: McCaul: Balance Needed on NSA Procedures

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 01:33 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday he had concerns about the National Security Agency keeping Americans' telephone records, but at the same time, noted it was an "approved and reviewed" program that has had benefits.

"The program itself has stopped terrorist attacks in the past," the Texas Republican said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," noting that the government's monitoring of cell phone records disrupted a 2009 plot to bomb New York City's subways.

But McCaul questioned if Americans can "trust this administration with your phone records" in light of the numerous scandals that have come out in recent weeks, including the IRS' targeting of conservative groups and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press and Fox News reporters' phone records and emails.

"I think that it's the warehousing of all the phone records is what gives people the main concern," said McCaul.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the revelations about the phone records point to why he voted against the Patriot Act when it was first proposed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I voted against the Patriot Act because I was afraid of the unintended consequences," said Cummings, who appeared on CBS show with McCaul. "We have to be cognisant of the threat to our people, but at the same time, we have to make sure we guard our Bill of Rights and the Constitution."

However, Cummings said he understands a balance needs to be stricken but said, "I think we have gone too far. If this becomes the normal now, what becomes the normal tomorrow?"

Meanwhile, McCaul said the NSA leaks that led to the news stories in The Guardian and The Washington Post disclosing details of the surveillance program are a "very serious breach," that calls for a criminal investigation.

"The fact of the matter is, someone leaked this information, putting very sensitive data out there on the Internet," McCaul said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

US Targets Al Shabab Leader in Somalia Airstrikes

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 05:31 AM

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness descri . . .

Sen. Mark Udall: 'I Absolutely Stand By' Call for CIA's Brennan to Resign

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 21:58 PM

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan may have avoided losing his job over charges that the CIA spied on Sen . . .

US Forces Carry Out Operation Against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 20:44 PM

U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of De . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved