Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are voicing their confusion and concern, and some are calling for an end to sweeping surveillance programs by U.S. spy agencies after receiving an unusual briefing on the government's yearslong collection of phone records and Internet usage.
The phalanx of FBI, legal and intelligence officials who briefed the entire House on Tuesday was the latest attempt to soothe outrage over National Security Agency programs that collect billions of Americans' phone and Internet records. Since they were revealed last week, the programs have spurred distrust in the Obama administration from around the world.
Many leaving Tuesday's forum said they were disturbed by what they'd heard -- and in need of more answers.
Some congressmen admitted they'd been caught unawares by the scope of the programs, having skipped previous briefings.
Take ABC13 with you!
Download our free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices
- HPD: Fight between roommates ends in shooting 5 min ago
- Coyote's wild run through Hobby, but no roadrunner in sight 6 min ago
- Time Magazine names its Person of the Year 1 min ago
- Video from violent fast food robbery released
- Live: Watch Eyewitness News live now
- 5 Things to Know for Today
- More Astrodome seats to go on sale today
- Mandela ceremony interpreter deemed a 'fake'
- Marine's body sent home without heart
- Want to buy pot, legally? Head to Uruguay
- Female libido drug remains in limbo
- Mandela's body arrives for viewing in South Africa
- Special member of abc13 family passes away
- Winning Mega Millions jackpot numbers drawn
- David Tillman's midday weather forecast
43 min ago
abc13.com News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos