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Jeb Bush: US needs broader powers to combat 'evildoers'

Jeb Bush: US needs broader powers to combat 'evildoers'

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says the government again should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and that private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."

At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.

The Obama administration said recently it will soon stop mining records that it collected.

Bush said Congress should reconsider the changes, and he dismissed any concerns that the surveillance ever violated any citizen's constitutionally protected privacy.

Separately, Bush called for an expanded presence of American troops in eastern Europe in response to Russia's more aggressive posture in the region.

Updated : 2021-09-25 08:45 GMT+08:00