Is Congress Responsible for NSA Phone Data Mining?

Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Defend NSA's phone record seizures.

(Alex Brandon/AP)

"It's called protecting America," Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Thursday.

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Paul announced he would introduce a bill Friday that would prohibit agencies like NSA to search the phone records of American citizens without probable cause. Paul fought for a similar amendment to be added to the FISA Amendments Act last December, when Congress voted to extend sweeping legislation that gave the government the ability to wiretap American citizens' phone conversations if they are communicating with someone outside of the country.

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