Van Hollen has ‘serious concerns’ about NSA surveillance programs

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said Sunday that he has “serious concerns” about the National Security Agency’s spying programs disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden.

“I have serious concerns with what’s going on at the NSA,” Van Hollen said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Obviously we need more oversight.”

Van Hollen said he is crafting measures to establish more checks and balances for the NSA when it wants to spy on telephone and email records.

Part of the change, he said, would create a citizen advocate who argues against intelligence officials seeking approval from judges to spy. 

When making their case to the secret intelligence court, judges often only have the evidence provided to them by intelligence officials, Van Hollen said.

“I think most people are concerned that the NSA is willy-nilly getting content or doing searches and I do believe that we should make sure that that never happens,” he said.