August 2nd, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Rep. Chaffetz: Security Measures Go "Way Too Far"

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan about Russia granting Edward Snowden asylum for one year, privacy versus security, embassy closings this weekend and criticism of how the administration has handled the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi.

“I think it’s ridiculous for anybody to use the word freedom and Russia in the same sentence. [Snowden’s] new freedom? I don’t think so,” Rep. Chaffetz says. “It really does, I think, put some pressure on how we do these security clearances. Are we going to continue to use these contractors? That’s something we have to dive into to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Rep. Chaffetz adds, “I just don’t believe you’re going to give up every liberty, every freedom in the name of security. I think a lot of these things go way too far.”

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    Complete security and total democracy are clearly incompatible.

    August 3, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply

    Edward Snowden, a modern day Kim Philby if there ever was one. But unlike Philby he is going to have a great time in Russia what with drop-dead gorgeous Russian girls (and boys) everywhere with no hang-ups unlike Americans.

    August 3, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply

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