As Barack Obama continues to fill out his prospective cabinet, attention on Capitol Hill is turning to rectifying some of the abuses that occurred on President Bush's watch.
The House Committee on Homeland Security Wednesday convened a daylong series of discussions among privacy, civil liberties and national security experts exchanging ideas to improve the nation's efforts to combat terrorism while protecting Americans' constitutional rights.
At a midmorning panel examining the increased collection and sharing of information on Americans, experts recommended refocusing the efforts of the law enforcement and intelligence communities to avoid ineffective, time-wasting reliance on massive data collection.
"If you want bloated government, then continue to investigate law abiding citizens to find the terrorist in the haystack," said Laura Murphy, one of the panelists.
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