United States Senators worked late Friday night and into Saturday morning, but failed to work out a deal on government surveillance programs.
Since it was revealed that the National Security Administration collects phone data from millions of Americans, several bills have been introduced to address that issue. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken introduced the USA Freedom Act in the Senate Thursday.
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Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to block a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens. Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, is claiming victory against the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
It was Edward Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency that hatched the idea — graphic artist Dan McCall would take the NSA’s emblem and create a new look with a funny twist. “When I got finished I thought, this is pretty good – I thought it was fun,” McCall said.
Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the man who leaked secret documents about a U.S. surveillance program is holed up inside the Moscow airport. On Sunday, Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Russia – a country that has no extradition agreement with the US.
US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he’s not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.
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The man who leaked the information about U.S. surveillance programs has come forward — voluntarily.
U S Congressman Erik Paulsen joined John Hines on the WCCO Morning News Friday