Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asked the National Security Agency last Friday, in writing, whether or not the government agency was spying on members of Congress or other elected officials.
Yesterday, the NSA refused to say whether or not it was spying on Congress.
According to CNN, the NSA said in a statement: "NSA's authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of U.S. persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons."
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) slammed Sen. Sanders for daring to question the NSA.
Rep. King added that the NSA should be spying on members of Congress in case they are “talking to an Al Qaeda leader in Iraq or Afghanistan,” noted Mediaite.com (video below).
“Members of Congress should be treated the same as everyone else,” stated Rep. King. “If a member of Congress is talking to an Al Qaeda leader in Iraq or Afghanistan, why should that member of Congress be any different from any person on the street?”