Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's disturbed by what he calls "incomplete answers" from the National Security Agency.
Friday, the Senate Judiciary Chairman called for additional hearings with the NSA to explore potential wrongdoing. It follows reports that the NSA repeatedly collected intelligence on ordinary Americans without permission.
The information shared with The Washington Post by NSA leaker Edward Snowden lists more than 2,700 privacy violations in a 12-month period.
"The U.S. is the most powerful nation on earth. We are always going to face enemies, but part of the power is that we've kept to the Constitution, we've done our checks and balances, we've protected individual liberties including people we may disagree with and we have to continue to do that," said Leahy, D-Vermont. "If we turn into where everybody can spy on everybody else, we lose part of what we are as a country and the irony is we don't become any safer."
Leahy says it is important to find out if the NSA has made mistakes and whether billions of dollars may have been wasted on security efforts that he says are not making Americans safer.
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