Congress Divided after NSA Brief on Surveillance Program


Congress is weighing in on the top secret surveillance programs leaked to the press last week. While the majority on Capitol Hill appear to support the phone call and internet surveillance programs, some are not so happy.

Some senators are satisfied with the explanations from NSA officials, but others say the few minutes officials spent detailing the program were not enough to answer all of their questions.

A push is developing among many in Congress to declassify more elements of these programs so the American public can better understand how government uses the data. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has joined California Senator Dianne Feinstein and, tech companies including Google and, Facebook in calling for open hearings on the programs.

Others, like Florida Senator Marco Rubio say they must remain classified.

"It's not about keeping things from people. Quite frankly it's about keeping the integrity of this program, so that the enemy can't evade them or undermine them," said Senator Rubio.

A new CBS news poll shows 53 percent of Americans believe the government needs to collect the phone records to fight terrorism.

The poll also showed nearly six in 10 Americans are worried, in general, that their privacy is being lost. However, less than 20 percent are very worried the government is tracking their personal communication.


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