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Rohrabacher: NSA Should Continue to Protect America

Nov 6, 2013

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,R-CA, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today described recent reports of the National Security Agency (NSA) targeting foreign leaders and their countries as “due diligence in protecting our national security.”

“We need no worldwide apology tour or handwringing.  We must protect American national interests, disrupt terrorist plots and prevent future attacks.  Further, we must use tools at our disposal to minimize US forces deployed abroad. Knowing foreign leaders’ communication might be necessary to that end.  I hope that Secretary of State Kerry is robustly defending our national security,” Rep. Rohrabacher said. “The hysteria expressed in some corners of Europe and in some of the press should have no bearing on our security requirements.  We owe no explanation for our efforts to keep Americans safe. We must responsibly collect intelligence.  While being opposed to excessive surveillance of American citizens and mindful and appreciative of constitutional limitations, I applaud US intelligence efforts overseas to acquire information to keep our people safe.”

Rep. Rohrabacher supports continued congressional oversight and regular reauthorization to enable the Intelligence Community to protect America.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.