McCain defends surveillance programs
By SEUNG MIN KIM |
6/9/13 10:02 AM EDT
Sen. John McCain on Sunday defended the wide-reaching government surveillance programs revealed last week, arguing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system gives them “appropriate.”
Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union,” whether he was bothered by the programs, the Arizona Republican replied: “No, not really.”
“I believe that the FISA court system is an appropriate way of reviewing these policies,” said McCain, a top defense hawk on Capitol Hill.
“To somehow think that because we are having phone calls recorded as far as their length and who they were talking to, I don’t think that that is necessarily wrong if they want to go further and they have to go to this court,” McCain added.
The phone-records program has its defenders in Congress, with top intelligence leaders arguing that those methods helped prevent potential terrorist attacks. But civil libertarians such as Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have criticized the initiatives for reaching too far into Americans’ privacy.