A U.S. congressman who represents part of Georgia believes the National Security Administration's data collection program went beyond the original intent of the Patriot Act.
Congressman Jack Kingston represents Georgia's district one. He said the act was only supposed to monitor phone records of suspicious people, mostly foreign nationals, and there needed to be a court order. Now he said it seems like everyone falls under that category.
A new CNN/ORC survey released Monday showed only 44 percent of Americans approve of whistle-blower Edward Snowden's actions to release information on the surveillance program that collects metadata from phones.
Kingston believes Snowden had a duty to uphold top secrets and needs to be held accountable for his actions. "The fact that he's in Hong Kong right now perhaps protected by the Chinese government and the Chinese government is constantly hacking into our computers on a private and public basis that all makes you wonder if this was premeditated or not."
The survey also found 54 percent of Americans feel the U.S. government should try to bring Snowden back to the states to prosecute him.
In the meantime, Representative Kingston said Congress must now reassess the program; implement some oversight and transparency to improve the program's effectiveness.
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