Newly disclosed details about the us government’s program of collecting telephone records and mining popular online services for data, is drawing criticism from some on Capitol Hill.
“The fact that every call I make to my friends, my family is noted, where I am, the length of it, the date, that concerns me particularly because Americans didn’t know this.”
Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he will call for renewed debate on provisions of the Patriot Act, which he voted to renew in 2011.
“I think the line has been drawn too far towards that we’re going to invade your privacy versus we’re going to respect your privacy.”
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, an opponent of the Patriot Act, said on Fox News Sunday that the intelligence-gathering strategy is a step too far and that he plans to sue the federal government.
“I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level. I’m going to be asking the internet providers and all of the phone companies; ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit.”
But not everyone thinks the plan is a breach into American’s privacy. GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona says those who are complaining now should have paid more attention when they were voting to renew provisions in the Patriot Act.
“We passed the Patriot Act. We passed specific provisions of the act that allowed for this program to take place, to be enacted in operation. Now, if members of Congress did not know what they were voting on, then I think that that’s their responsibility a lot more than it is the government’s.”