Sen. Bob Corker (R-Why?) has a problem with the NSA surveillance program: It’s not collecting enough data on Americans.
At a breakfast with the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday, Corker said that he was “shocked” to learn how little data the government is collecting, given the threat of Islamic terrorism.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee went on to say it was “malpractice” on the part of the government to not do more.
“I think there was an ‘aha’ moment yesterday for people on both sides of the aisle when we realized how little data is being collected,“ he said. “The program is actually not the program that I thought it was, not even close.”
He said that, as a result of the briefing, he expects the government to increase the extent of its surveillance program to a “more encompassing” level.
This is the same NSA program that was made public by Edward Snowden in 2013. He has since fled the country and is now in Russia.
The Obama administration used the program to collect metadata, or “data about data,” on phone calls made by the American people. The data collected includes the phone numbers involved in conversations and the length of those calls. The content of the calls was not collected.
Last week, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that the program is illegal.