Westmoreland supports data collection – The Newnan Times-Herald


Westmoreland supports data collection – The Newnan Times-Herald

The federal government’s data collection programs that were revealed by a contract employee for the National Security Agency on June 6 have helped foil several terrorist attacks, and a lot of information that has been spread about them isn’t accurate, according to Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, a Cowetan who represents Georgia’s third district in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“It’s not true to call it a surveillance program. It’s a program to gather data, not knowing whose it was,” Westmoreland said Friday during a telephone interview from Washington, D.C.

“The things that are coming out about the program are not true,” Westmoreland said. “Is there a program? Sure. It is being handled like” leaker Edward Snowden said it is? “No,” Westmoreland said. “Is it being handled like a lot of the people on television and some of the citizens are responding to it? No.”

Westmoreland has been aware of the programs for years, though he doesn’t know every detail. “That would be hard, because there are a lot of them,” he said.

Westmoreland’s committee and the House Judiciary Committee and their counterparts in the Senate are the committees that provide oversight of the programs.

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