"The privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities. We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans. Our efforts are focused on links to al-Qaeda and their known affiliates."
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"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda? . . . These are tens of millions of Americans who are not suspected of anything. . . . Where does it stop?"
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.)