GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Top Stories

July 29, 2013

Tierney part of losing fight to halt NSA program

Congressman John Tierney joined with seven of the eight members of the Bay State’s Congressional delegation last week in a failed bid to halt the National Security Agency’s program to collect phone records on millions of Americans.

“We have to get a better system,” Tierney said in an interview, indicating that it should be one that does not make such a broad sweep of records as the present surveillance program does.

Democrat Seth Moulton of Salem, who has already launched a campaign to challenge Tierney in the primary for the 6th District seat in 2014, said through a spokeswoman that he would have voted against the measure to halt the surveillance program.

“I have seen our enemies and understand the danger they present,” Moulton, a former Marine, said in an email. “There needs to be limits on the NSA, but I believe we can preserve and protect our nation, its citizens and our freedom without blanket restrictions on those charged with our nation’s safety.”

Moulton served four tours of duty in Iraq, part of that time as a special assistant to then-Lt. Gen. David Petraeus and as a counterinsurgency adviser south of Baghdad.

The effort to stop the surveillance program came as an amendment to the 2014 defense spending bill. The House defeated the amendment, which would have killed the program, by a vote of 217-205 late Wednesday.

The vote did not fall along the usual party lines; 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted to halt the surveillance program, while 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats voted to keep it. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, D-Brookline, was the only member of the Massachusetts delegation who voted to save the program.

The effort to save the program got backing from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as well as from President Obama.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Top Stories

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow