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Congress has failed to provide the necessary oversight of these programs needed to secure our liberties. Additionally, Congress has failed to pass the legislation needed to severely punish those who would use this information for any purpose other than to protect America. Oversight and accountability are the answer — not surrender or isolationism.

Congress and the administration need to level with the American people and acknowledge that government record-keeping on law-abiding citizens may have encroached upon our Fourth Amendment rights, and they must reform, and exercise strict oversight over, these surveillance programs.

Painting political issues as black-and-white choices between mutually exclusive options is great for raising money and demonizing your opponents, but adult leadership demands the ability to strike balances and understand the need to achieve two goals at the same time.

We can be outraged that the NSA has been gathering data on innocent Americans while we’re simultaneously outraged by Mr. Snowden’s treacherous acts. The good news is America doesn’t have to choose between liberty and safety. America has what it takes to be both safe and secure.

Jim Gilmore is the president and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation. He served as governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002 and as Republican National Committee chairman from 2001 to 2002.