Growing angst on Capitol Hill for FBI to find self-proclaimed NSA whistleblower

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June 17, 2013, 6:07 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he's no fan of President Obama but wishes the government had the NSA’s database phone and Internet records 12 years ago.

"We might have been able to prevent 9/11," said Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

There's growing angst on Capitol Hill for the FBI to find self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden and make him pay for exposing secret surveillance programs.

"He's compromised it and he should be held accountable," said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.

"He needs to look an American jury in the eye and explain why he has disclosed sources and methods that are going to put American lives in danger," said Senator Saxby Chambliss/ (R) Georgia

But there's still disagreement on whether collecting the information violates privacy:

"Just phone numbers. It's like a phonebook without any names and any addresses in it," said Rep. Mike Rogers, (R) Michigan

"You have a law that's been interpreted secretly by a secret court that then issues secret orders to generate a secret program. I just don't think this is an American approach," said Senator Mark Udall, (D) Colorado.

Over the weekend, the NSA said its surveillance prevented terror attacks in US and 20 other countries, including a 2009 al Qaeda plot against New York subways.

Tags: Obama, Dick Cheney, Tracie Potts, NBC News, senator lindsey graham, NSA, phone records, Edward Snowden, surveillance programs, internet records, rep. mke rogers, senator mark udall, senator saxby chambliss
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