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Congressman Randy Neugebauer Says People Need To Know The Specifics Of PRISM Program [AUDIO]

On Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Congressman Randy Neugebauer talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest coming out of Washington.

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After last week’s revelation of the National Security Administration’s PRISM surveillance program, the “whistle blower” has been revealed as former CIA employee Edward Snowden.

Neuegbauer said the leaks on the NSA program, in addition with the various other scandals occurring recently, is causing the government’s credibility to plummet further and further. But he said that one thing was certain: the people need to know what sort of data is being collected, and more importantly, how that data is being used.

“I think the question we need to learn more about is how this data is collected and how it’s being used. And this is a tough issue because the bad guys are using the Internet and cell phones and all of these things to plan to do bad things. So the question is how do we best keep America safe, but at the same time, protect the privacy of American citizens?”

Neugebauer also discussed the latest progress on the Farm Bill. The Senate is expected to vote on their version of the bill sometime today, and Neugebauer expects the House version will come up in the few weeks after. He added that he anticipates the House’s discussion on the bill will be more open than the Senate’s discussion, and that there is now an “outside chance” of the bill being completed before the August recess.

You can listen to Congressman Randy Neugebauer Mondays at 7:35 during Lubbock’s First News on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at

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