August 17, 2013

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., an ardent opponent of the National Security Agency’s bulk private-data collection program, said the latest revelations in the controversy came because “this is what happens when you have secret laws.”

Amash’s comment appeared on his Facebook page and Twitter, condemning the NSA for, as reported by the Washington Post, violating privacy rules thousands of times and “accidentally” targeted Americans, something supporters of the program claim didn’t happen.

“This is what happens when you have secret laws, no meaningful oversight, and people in charge who think the Constitution wasn’t written for them,” Amash wrote. “There are good people working in the intelligence community, but the culture is broken because of the failed leadership of Democrats and Republicans in Washington.”

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