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Michigan Congressman Says NSA Telephone Data Collection Threatens Civil Rights

July 29, 2013

Some Michigan members of the US House are trying to halt the blanket collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency. The House last week narrowly defeated an amendment to limit that kind of surveillance, which was first disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The amendment’s sponsor is Congressman Justin Amash, a Republican from West Michigan. Amash tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter he disagrees with intelligence officials who say the government must cast a wide net to discover potential terrorist activity…