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Senators lean toward review of NSA spying program

Written by  |  Sunday, 09 June 2013 18:30  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee member said Sunday the public needs to be better informed on the scope of government phone and Internet records access.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said while the National Security Agency's vast monitoring program had been vetted by the legal system, the political uproar will linger unless the public is provided with more details on how the intelligence was collected and used.

"I'm calling for a wholesome debate all over the country," Udall said on CNN's "State of the Union. "Maybe Americans think this is all OK, but I think the line has been drawn too far toward 'we're going to invade your privacy versus we're going to respect your privacy.'"

McCain Feinstein call for closing of Guantanamo

Written by  |  Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:55  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and John McCain have called for the closing of the Guantanamo, Cuba, detention center after touring the facility.

Feinstein, D-Calif., and McCain, R-Ariz., released a joint statement with Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, who joined them on the tour Friday.

Republican rips into Holder

Written by  |  Sunday, 02 June 2013 16:00  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- A Republican congresswoman said Sunday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has "lost the trust of the American people."

Republicans have been slashing at Holder because of a U.S. Justice Department investigation of reporters over leaks of national security matters.

Though Holder has withdrawn from supervising the investigation, two U.S. attorneys have subpoenaed the phone records of Association Press employees, and looked into a Fox News report, on the grounds of national security.

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