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Civil Beat - Hanabusa Says Questions Linger About NSA Activities

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By Kery Murakami

A week after voting against an amendment to rein in the National Security Agency, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said she signed a letter from House Democrats to President Barack Obama expressing concern about the agency's surveillance activities.

The letter reiterates Hanabusa's opposition to an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., saying a floor amendment passed with little debate could have "unintended consequences."

The vote split Hawaii's House members. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard who also signed today's letter, voted for the amendment citing privacy concerns.

Hanabusa in the statement quoted the letter, saying, "Although some of us voted for and others against the amendment, we all agree that there are lingering questions and concerns about the current" program in which the NSA collects telephone data.

Hanabusa's statement said, "Addressing the critical concerns surrounding some of our national security collection programs is going to require an informed and thorough review to ensure we are respecting the privacy of Americans while protecting them from those who wish harm upon us."

"Rather than trying to solve this problem with a band-aid amendment, we must evaluate the effectiveness of each program and strengthen safeguards that prevent the government from spying on law-abiding citizens," Hanabusa said.


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