(Washington D.C.) - Iowa Congressman, Tom Latham, says he voted against a move to restrict the NSA’s collection of personal data because it was unconstitutional and it didn’t do what most people want. An amendment to a budget bill would’ve put restrictions on the kinds of data that the NSA collects, but Latham says it would’ve been unconstitutional and wouldn’t really ban the practice.
“What that did was give the direction to the court that had to have this paragraph in any kind of ruling it had; which is unconstitutional to start with. But also, really didn’t get to the question. People don’t want the NSA listening in on their conversations, reading their emails, and it really did not address that.”
Latham says there’s an opportunity to ban the collection of data from the personal internet and telephone conversations of Americans when the Congress works on the reauthorization of the National Security Act later this year.
Iowa Radio Network
July 26, 2013