Republican Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma received a verbal lashing at a town hall meeting on Tuesday from a man upset with the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.
“The DEA and the IRS are getting information from the NSA and using it to frame American citizens and then lying about where they got the information,” Dax Ewbank of Oklahoma City said at the event. “This is what is happening. Now, what happens if the government becomes politically against my belief system or my lifestyle?”
Ewbank was referring to documents recently obtained by Reuters that showed the NSA was providing data to the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA Special Operations Division in turn was sending tips to both local authorities and federal agencies, including the IRS, to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
“I do not accept this idea that we need to wait for two years while you guys figure out what to do,” Ewbanks said. “It needs to end now.”
Lankford in July joined with 216 other representatives to vote down an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would have prohibited the NSA from collecting data that does not pertain to a person under investigation.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Lankford said he voted against the amendment because it was included in a appropriations bill, which he described as problematic.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below: