Conservatives refuses to support 'highly prejudiced' NSA report

13-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

The European Parliament's self-appointed inquiry into the Edward Snowden allegations against the NSA has today voted on a draft report of its findings. Conservative spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP voted against the report, saying that the committee failed to carry out a serious inquiry and the report calls for EU interference in national security matters, despite the EU Treaties clearly stating they are a sovereign national issue.

The report adopted today puts important data sharing agreements in jeopardy; says that a trade deal with the USA will only be approved if the USA complies with EU human rights law; and calls for the European Parliament to have oversight powers of national intelligence agencies.

In the committee today, the ECR was joined by a number of EPP MEPs in voting against the report, with a number of others abstaining.

Mr Kirkhope said:

"This committee has not been interested in finding out facts. It has just been the most expensive and painstaking exercise in collecting together press cuttings and allegations, and reacting with little consideration towards the security challenges we face. Anybody who has tried to raise a different view or who insisted our work be based on finding facts was shouted down. The end result is the most biased and highly prejudiced report I've seen from the parliament.

"The parliament does not have any influence over national security. Long may that continue because many MEPs approach these matters in the most irresponsible and prejudiced manner. Thankfully, not all MEPs supported this report. It was telling that the majority who opposed it are those more familiar with the responsibilities and pressures of government."

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