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Rep. Markwayne Mullin: I Didn't Know About Government Surveillance

by Chris Casteel Published: June 10, 2013

Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, took issue with President Barack Obama saying last week that all members of Congress had been briefed about the National Security Agency’s harvesting of phone and Internet records.

“To be clear, I was never briefed on any NSA plans or efforts to secretly invade the privacy of American citizens. For the President to make such a comment and in turn imply the integrity of this governing body should be questioned is insulting.

“In 2009, the President called for transparency in government. He has yet to deliver. Instead, the President has lost credibility due to the recent IRS targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s seizing of phone records of Associated Press (AP) reporters _ all occurring under his watch.

“The forthcoming explanations on this issue will be welcomed, but the accusations that I, along with all my colleagues in Congress, knew about this surveillance, is absolutely false. The lies have to stop. This administration must be held accountable for its actions and not be permitted to continually pass the blame. The American people deserve the truth. The call for accountability in this administration continues.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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