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05:43 PM ET

Rep. King: Obama's reforms to NSA 'are really minimal' – and that's a good thing

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance what he called the nation's vital security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties.

"I didn't think any changes were called for, any so-called reforms, but the fact is the ones that the President made today are really minimal," said Republican Rep. Peter King, member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

King sees that as a good thing for the National Security Agency, and for the country.

"So long as the NSA can move quickly to protect us against plots, that's all that is necessary: That the data is there, and the NSA is able to move quickly," said King.

The New York congressman also expressed his dislike for journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke news of the NSA's extensive spying program based on information given to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"I have no respect for him or his accomplice Edward Snowden," said King.

For more of our interview with Congressman Peter King, check out the video above.


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