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US lawmakers to head to Europe to address NSA

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SUSAN HAIGH | October 31, 2013 05:11 PM EST | AP


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. lawmakers are planning a trip to Europe to help address concerns abroad about alleged NSA spying and convince Europeans of the need to continue joint anti-terrorism efforts.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said in an interview Thursday that he spoke with European Parliament members and others this week and is concerned about threats to "cut off participation in some really important anti-terrorist organizations." Murphy, a first-term Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs.

Murphy says the delegation will likely include members of both parties and both chambers. He says he expects they'll travel to Europe this year.

NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander told lawmakers this week that millions of telephone records of Europeans were swept up as part of a NATO program and that NATO partners gave the U.S. data.