Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs

June 12, 2013 2:04:37 AM PDT
Lawmakers are voicing their confusion and concern, and some are calling for an end to sweeping surveillance programs by U.S. spy agencies after receiving an unusual briefing on the government's yearslong collection of phone records and Internet usage.

The phalanx of FBI, legal and intelligence officials who briefed the entire House on Tuesday was the latest attempt to soothe outrage over National Security Agency programs that collect billions of Americans' phone and Internet records. Since they were revealed last week, the programs have spurred distrust in the Obama administration from around the world.

Many leaving Tuesday's forum said they were disturbed by what they'd heard -- and in need of more answers.

Some congressmen admitted they'd been caught unawares by the scope of the programs, having skipped previous briefings.

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