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Mullins Denies Briefing on Surveillance

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma is denying that he was ever briefed on sweeping cell phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Mullin said in a statement Saturday that comments that he and his colleagues in Congress knew of the surveillance "is absolutely false." The NSA program he's referring to sweeps up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and collects Internet data from U.S. providers.

President Barack Obama said Friday that "every member of Congress" was briefed on the spy programs.

The Obama Administration says the program is necessary to stop terrorism. Critics are asking how the NSA program failed to stop the Boston bombing.