COLUMBUS — State Senator Kris Jordan today introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate related to the recent accusations made against the National Security Agency (NSA) regarding the possible monitoring of American citizens.

The legislation, Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, is in response to information leaked about the NSA in relation to tracking cell phone calls and monitoring e-mail and Internet activity of Americans. The resolution urges Congress to investigate the claim that the NSA has been monitoring the electronic activity of a number of U.S. citizens and asks that a determination be made as to the legality and constitutionality of these actions.

“I strongly believe that protecting our nation is of great importance and that the federal government is tasked with doing so,” Jordan said. “However, the rights of U.S. citizens should not, and cannot, be violated in the process.”

If Congress does find that the NSA or other intelligence agencies have acted illegally, the resolution states that any programs currently being used to infringe on the rights of Americans must be immediately dismantled and defunded. It also requires any data on American citizens collected through these programs must be destroyed.

The resolution will next be assigned to a committee for further discussion.

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