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Rep. Kinzinger: I'd Vote To Continue NSA Data Collection Struck Down By Courts

Speaking with AM 1230 WJBC following this weeks federal court ruling that struck down the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American citizens phone metadata(call length, numbers involved, etc) Illinois congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000378′ ] said that he would vote to continue that data collection albeit with some additional transparency to make Americans “feel comfortable” with the NSA spying program.

Others like Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] have called for the outright ending of the NSA’s bulk data collection on 4th amendment grounds which prohibit(implied) general warrants like that of the NSA data collection.

Kinzinger said that he wants to authorize that which the courts have said is been beyond the scope of the Patriot Act because “At a time when we’re facing a very different threat than we faced even frankly three or four years ago, I think it’s important to continue to make sure that we have the tools we need in the 21st Century to fight 21st Century crime”