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Miss USA, Runner-Up Support Government Spying, DNA Testing (Video)

Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, made headlines on Sunday night when she was asked about women earning less than men during the annual Miss USA beauty pageant.

Her rambling answer was labeled the "most nonsensical answer in Miss USA history" by

However, it was Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord, who sent a chill down the spines of some civil libertarians, noted

McCord was asked about the U.S. government electronically tracking its citizens via the NSA, to which she responded: “I think that the society that we live in today, it’s sad that if we go to the movies, or to the airport, to even to the mall that we have to worry about our safety. So I would rather someone track my telephone messages and feel safe wherever I go, than feel like they’re, umm, encroaching on my privacy.”

That endorsement of warrantless wiretapping apparently helped win McCord the Runner-Up title.

Likewise, Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut, favored extended powers of government when asked whether suspects should be forced to provide DNA samples when they are arrested.

“I would agree with this," Brady said. "I think that if somebody’s being prosecuted and ... committed a crime that’s that severe that they should have a DNA test. I think there are so many crimes going on in this world that if that’s one step closer to figuring out who has done it, I think we should absolutely do so."

Brady eventually won Miss USA (pictured).

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