Lawmakers bristle over FDA surveillance

The FDA's surveillance of some dissident scientists included monitoring email to members of Congress and their aides, and some lawmakers are none too pleased with the agency's actions. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who was named in the 75,000 pages of surveillance docs leaked online, said it's "absolutely unacceptable for the FDA to be spying on employees who reach out to members of Congress to expose abuses or wrongdoing in government agencies," Reuters reported. The agency maintains that it was within its rights to monitor the scientists' communications, as it had legitimate concern that they were leaking proprietary information. Report