Sen. Bernie Sanders weighed in on the debate over Edward Snowden and NSA security privacy abuses.
At a news conference Monday, Sanders said the National Security Agency is out of control. He says the agency's method of collecting mass quantities of personal information of Americans is over the top. Sanders also says that the man who leaked NSA secret documents on surveillance operations did provide the country with a great deal of information, but he says a decision to grant Snowden amnesty should be left up to the legal system.
"I think at some point, a jury of his peers is going to make that decision of whether the decision he made was in the best interest of this country or not. So, that's not my judgment; a jury of his peers will make that decision," said Sanders, I-Vermont.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, says he plans to take on NSA privacy abuse issues early next year. The Judiciary Committee-- which Leahy chairs-- will hold hearings Jan. 14 on the results of a presidential task force report on NSA spying.