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Georgia’s senior senator says ending funding on the controversial National Security Administration’s phone records program is “unwise,” although he supports adding privacy protections.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican who is vice chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, released a joint statement Wednesday with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who heads the committee.
“The FISA business records program has contributed to disrupting numerous terrorist attacks against our nation. It has been reviewed and authorized by all three branches of government and is subject to strict controls,” the senators said of the program. “Since the public disclosure of the business records program, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has explored how the program can be modified to add extra privacy protections without sacrificing its effectiveness.
“We believe this debate in the Congressional Intelligence and Judiciary committees should continue and that any amendments to defund the program on appropriations bills would be unwise,” the two said.
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