Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who has emerged in recent days as one of the chief critics of the Obama administrationâ€™s surveillance programs, said Sunday that thereâ€™ s no proof that the National Security Agency's collection of Americansâ€™ phone records has helped thwart any terror plots.
Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, conceded that a separate program that monitors the Internet activity of foreigners -- code-named PRISM -- has paid dividends. But he said the collection of phone record metadata has not demonstrated that itâ€™s effective.
â€śItâ€™s unclear to me that weâ€™ve developed any intelligence through the metadata program thatâ€™s led to the disruption of plots that we couldnâ€™t obtain through other programs,â€ť Udall said on CNNâ€™s â€śState of the Union.â€ť
Udall said the Obama Administration should have been more transparent about its surveillance programs and that he doesnâ€™t believe itâ€™s protecting people's privacy.
â€śMaybe Americans think this is okay, but I think the line has been drawn too far towards weâ€™re going to invade your privacy rather then weâ€™re going to respect your privacy,â€ť he said. â€śI expect the government to protect my privacy, and it feels like that isnâ€™t whatâ€™s been happening.â€ť