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The National Security Agency’s (NSA) invasion of privacy is being committed in the name of national security, but there are others being committed under the guise of consumer protection, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

“I do not believe the government should be able to capture and store your phone and Internet records without a legitimate warrant, and for whatever use the federal government wants,” Enzi said. “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Patriot Acts were designed to authorize specific information on suspected terrorists and not to cast a wide net on American citizens. There is another story that is being missed, however. There is another agency unreasonably searching your records and invading your privacy.”

Enzi said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting data on as many as 10 million Americans from banking to mortgage loan information. Banks are being ordered to provide records on credit card add-on products including credit monitoring and debt cancellation, in addition to data on checking-account overdrafts.

“Congress has less control over this agency than the National Security Agency because authors of the bill that created the consumer bureau gave it funding not through Congress, but through the Federal Reserve,” Enzi said. “The NSA claims it is protecting you from terrorists. The consumer protection bureau claims it’s protecting you from banks. At what point does 'protection' become power or control?”

Enzi believes congressional committees in the Senate and the House and members from both parties should be asking tough questions about federal agencies’ sweeping seizures of Americans’ personal information.

“Knowledge is power.  How much power do you want the federal government to have over you?,” Enzi asked. “Our founders were clearly concerned about this question and I think we should be too.”

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06/24/13 Grassley and Enzi Work to Close Tax Loophole in Immigration Reform Bill
06/20/13 Delegation Supports EPA Decision to Turn Over Pavillion Testing to Wyoming
06/20/13 Warner, Enzi introduce bipartisan bill to support national parks
06/20/13 Newcastle, Story, Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, Green River, Afton residents ask Enzi about NSA, student loans
06/20/13 Members of Congress making another attempt to repeal death tax
06/19/13 Bipartisan Senate and House Members Come Together to Support America’s Small Businesses
06/19/13 Health Committee Republicans Request Details on FDA’s Promotion of the New Health Care Law
06/19/13 Missile state senators: Nuclear deterrent critical to nation’s defense
06/19/13 Wyoming delegation reaffirms support for ICBM program, nuclear triad
06/18/13 Menendez, Enzi introduce legislation to boost U.S. commercial real estate industry
06/18/13 Current record
06/14/13 Enzi, Barrasso: Don’t abuse monument power to pay political debts
06/12/13 States need flexibility on education
06/11/13 Enzi says E-Verify essential for immigration reform
06/11/13 Senate farm legislation falls short
06/07/13 Momentum for wolf management with states
06/07/13 Bipartisan Senate coin legislation offers taxpayer savings, deficit reduction
06/06/13 Republican Senators: End Federal Mandates Creating “National School Board”
06/06/13 White House signals president to sign U.N. arms treaty when people aren’t looking
06/06/13 Enzi responds to constituent concerns about Eric Holders seizing press records, backroom debt ceiling increase
06/05/13 Those who put Administration in power have power to help hold it accountable
06/04/13 Enzi: States should be wary of ‘free’ federal money for Medicaid expansion
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