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Sen. Johnson: "concerned" about NSA phone-data collection

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   U-S Senate Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says we need a “very delicate balance” between protecting civil liberties and gathering intelligence to fight terrorism.

Johnson, a member of the Senate Homeland Security panel, was on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the recent reports about the monitoring of phone calls and Internet usage. Johnson said he was quote, “every bit concerned” about civil liberties as many Americans who criticized the extent in which national security personnel search for patterns of terrorist activity.

Still, Johnson calls intelligence-gathering capabilities is quote, “our greatest line of defense” against terrorism. While calling for a balance, Johnson also said there needs to be congressional oversight. He said the reason the topic became such a big issue is quote, “the American people have lost their faith in President Obama and his administration.”

Johnson also criticized Obama’s choice of Susan Rice as the new national security adviser. The senator said Rice was quote, “at the center of misleading America” on last year’s attack that killed four Americans at the U-S Embassy in Libya. He also mentioned the possibility of holding up other Obama nominations to try and dig out more information about the attack. Those nominations include Samantha Power for the U-N Ambassadorship, and Victoria Nuland as an assistant secretary of state.