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Leahy questions legality of NSA surveillance

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Sen. Patrick Leahy
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Sen. Patrick Leahy is questioning the legality and the effectiveness of government surveillance programs.

Leahy is chairing a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing questioning key Obama administration officials on whether the compilation of phone and internet records violates Americans' privacy rights.

"The phone records of all of us in this room-- all of us in this room-- reside in an NSA database. I've said repeatedly just because we have the ability to collect huge amounts of data does not mean that we should be doing so," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

Leahy says the Obama administration has not been forthcoming with information on the effectiveness of the surveillance program, disputing new claims from the NSA that the programs have disrupted 54 militant schemes.

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