Sen. Udall Suggests Obama Spy Tactics Unconstitutional

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 01:50 PM

By Audrey Hudson

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Democratic Sen. Mark Udall said Sunday he won't give up efforts to stop the Obama administration from continuing its spy program that collects information on phone records in the U.S. despite last week's defeat in the House of a bill to block the activity.

The Coloradoan suggested the Obama administration is violating the Constitution by collecting the information, and told CBS's "Face the Nation" he will push his own bill to limit how the intelligence community can access the data.

"That's the way in which to protect not just our people, but the Bill of Rights," Udall said. "The Bill of Rights is the biggest, baddest weapon we have."

Udall said the federal government has been sweeping up phone records from every number it can find whether it's linked to terrorism or not.

"We're vacuuming up innocent Americans' phone records," Udall said. "Let's restrict that to terrorists or spies."

Instead, his bill would keep that information with the phone company and require a court subpoena for federal officials to access individual numbers.

"That's how the police operate, that's how the FBI operates," Udall said.

Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, defended the government's use of the program and said it has led to the successful intervention of 54 terrorist attacks.

"There is zero privacy violations on this, in this entire length of the program," Rogers said. "No other program has this much scrutiny."

The House on Wednesday narrowly defeated a measure by Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan to limit the NSA's collection of phone data on a vote of 217 to 205.

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