“This has been a very important part of our effort to defend the homeland since 9/11. We know that the terrorists overseas are trying to recruit people in our country to commit atrocities in our country.”
Those were the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The GOP leader was rallying behind his legislation that would prevent the June 1 expiration of the phone metadata spying program Edward Snowden exposed two years ago.
McConnell’s statement Sunday on ABC’s This Week comes days after the House passed a measure known as the USA Freedom Act. Supported by the President Barack Obama administration, the measure would dramatically revise the surveillance program—the first time following the 9/11 terror attacks that lawmakers have voted to reduce the surveillance state.
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