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My Fox AL - Congressman Gary Palmer Discusses Hot Topics

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Location: Birmingham, AL

Congressman Gary Palmer visited the FOX6 studio Tuesday afternoon for a one-on-one interview with FOX6 News Anchor Jonathan Hardison.

Palmer said he has strong misgivings about the recently announced nuclear deal with Iran.

"For starters, I'm concerned that the President now admits this will not prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear bomb," Palmer said. "At best this agreement is good for 13 years and that's assuming Iran will honor it, and I don't think they will."

The upcoming June 1 reauthorization of the Patriot Act has generated a lot of controversy since Edward Snowden surfaced in a new interview on HBO over the weekend saying the American public needs to think long and hard about how much of our personal data we want the NSA to have access to. Palmer said he's withholding judgement until he sees the actual bill.

"I don't know what's in it yet," Palmer said. "I know there's concerns in Congress about it, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it. I don't particularly appreciate Snowden being the spokesperson for civil liberties. I think that when the final story's written about what he's done, I think he will have put America at risk himself."

Palmer also said he supports the general principle of Religious Freedom laws like the federal one already on the books and ones similar to the controversial Indiana law that's generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks.

"I just don't think we ought to force someone who has sincere spiritual beliefs to violate their conscience," Palmer said. "You're literally forcing a person to decide between participating in something they think is wrong, or keep their business."

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