You can count one Illinois congressman in favor of allowing the National Security Agency to continue bulk collection of phone records. After a federal appeals court ruled the NSA program wasn’t authorized by the Patriot Act, Congress will have to pass legislation specifically approving the program in order for it to continue. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) plans on voting for that authorization, saying it’s an important anti-terrorism tool.
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“At a time when we’re facing a very different threat than we faced even frankly three or yours ago, I think it’s important to continue to make sure that we have the tools we need in the 21st Century to fight 21st Century crime,” Kinzinger said.
Kinzinger says he’s open to extending the program for a few years, and making it as transparent as possible to make Americans “feel comfortable.”
The bulk collection of phone data involves collecting the two phone numbers involved in a call, when the call occurred, and how long it lasted, but not the actual conversation.