Joe Manchin

Manchin confident spy programs protect civil liberties

by Jordy Yager, The Hill  |  published on June 30, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) emerged from a Senate briefing on Thursday expressing confidence that the rights of law-abiding Americans are being safeguarded by U.S. intelligence officials.

Manchin has been highly critical of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance programs, saying that it “bothers” him that the collection of phone and Internet data is so wide-ranging.

But on Thursday evening, after spending more than two hours grilling NSA and FBI officials in a closed-door briefing, Manchin said he was assured that civil liberty and privacy rights are being protected.

“It was very good for me; it was very informative and enlightening,” Manchin told The Hill. “I have more of a comfort level knowing that the rights of Americans — after everything I’ve heard, everything that’s been shown to me — are not being violated.”

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