Michigan Democratic Representative John Conyers says he fears the nation may be “on the verge of becoming a surveillance state.”

Conyers’ comments follow growing concerns amid revelations about government surveillance of its citizens.

“We have a feeling, at least some of us, that it’s not necessary, nor does it serve a legitimate legal protective service,” Conyers said, adding that he believes the surveillance is  too “far-reaching.”

“My considered judgement is that the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ actions are inconsistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act and violate the fundamental privacy of law-abiding citizens,” he said.

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