Johnson urges review of NSA surveillance program

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, urged review of the program by, among others, the U.S. House intelligence committee.

“I believe that there is great concern with this administration about what they would do with privacy data that is entrusted to them,” he said on Monday. “We’ve seen what’s happened with the IRS. Let’s get to the bottom of what they’re actually doing.”

But Johnson said that while safeguarding individual rights is hugely important, it is not greater than defending American lives.

“There is obviously a delicate balance between protecting America from future terrorist attacks and protecting the individual rights and freedoms of the citizens of this country,” he said. “You’re not going to protect against a terrorist attack if you wait until it happens to find out about it. Is surveillance necessary? Yes.”

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Rep. Johnson talks education in Marietta

Evan Bevins, Marietta Times

MARIETTA - U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson played host to a town hall meeting on education Tuesday, with most of the conversation focused on the controversial Common Core learning standards.

More than 20 people, many of them officials with local schools, gathered in a classroom at the Washington County Career Center where Johnson, R-Ohio and a Marietta resident, laid out his concerns about the Common Core, on which Ohio schools will base their curricula this year and fielded questions on other topics.

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Congressman Johnson Visits with AAA7 Staff and Consumer

Gallia Hometown Herald

Staff from the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) recently visited with US Congressman Bill Johnson while he was traveling and visiting throughout the district. Staff discussed with Congressman Johnson many of the services and programs provided through the AAA7 and asked for his support with legislation surrounding federal funding of programs that help seniors and those with disabilities stay safe and independent in their own homes.

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