April 16, 2014

Ryan: NSA program ‘creepy’

The source of the leaked top secret documents about the National Security Agency’s controversial spying program on phone calls and e-mails turns out to be former CIA technical assistant Edward Snowden, who’s in Hong Kong, apparently believing he will never be able to return to the U.S.

“It comes across as creepy,” said Congressman Paul Ryan. “I understand FISA court orders to go after some known person, and their phone records and whoever they’re communicating with. But to do a blanket dragnet nationwide, that seems to go way beyond the scope of the law that I’m familiar with called the Patriot Act.”

“There’s a lot more we have to learn,” Ryan said on WRJN. “But the point is, is this necessary? Is this legal? Does this comport with the spirit of the law? Those are the kinds of questions we have to ask.”

Tom Karkow, WRJN