State of Minnesota Archives: on Homeland Security

Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered

Franken said Americans are still in the dark about the clandestine monitoring of their phone calls, e-mails and Internet search data. The US government has not revealed how much information has been actively reviewed by government officials, and not merely collected for databases.

Documents leaked by now infamous contract employee Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA has been collecting the phone & web records of millions of Americans using secret court orders. "Americans still have no way of knowing whether the government is striking the right balance between privacy & security--or whether their privacy is being violated," Franken said. "There needs to be more transparency."

Google offered support for Franken's legislation, which would lift gag orders on companies & allow them to report information about data requests they get from the government. [An opponent] said that disclosing the requests would give terrorists an advantage; they'd gravitate to companies that receive no requests.

Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate Nov 14, 2013

Mark Dayton: Redirect military spending to focus within US

Dayton suggested the U.S. should redirect military spending to more sharply focus on the United States. “I think we need a much stronger patrolling of our border by our armed forces,” he said. “The greatest threat to our national security today is the flood of drugs coming into our country.”
Source: Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio on-line Oct 2, 2000

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