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Congressmen Want Answers On DOJ Spying

December 26, 2012 by  

Congressmen Want Answers On DOJ Spying
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Anyone following liberty-related current events already knows that the Federal government keeps vast troves of data on virtually all American citizens, even those never accused of a crime. Following a write-up in The Wall Street Journal, a couple of Congressmen want the specifics on the Department of Justice’s justification for its sweeping and unConstitutional surveillance procedures.

Last week, Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking just what the DOJ is doing with the massive amounts of data it collects. They want to know if the DOJ seriously believes it has the legal authority to keep data on citizens who are not suspected of any crime, analyze aggregated government databases and change fundamental rules governing surveillance without approval from Congress. All of these things, the DOJ has done in secret in recent years.

From the letter:

If the WSJ report is accurate, these new powers represent a sweeping departure from past practices, which barred the NCTC from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or the information sought was related to an investigation.

If the WSJ report is accurate, it raises numerous concerns and questions.  As elected Representatives and members of the House Judiciary Committee, we are concerned such sweeping, fundamental changes would be made to existing policy without public input and Congressional approval.  Changes, which fundamentally alter the relationship between the government and the governed, should only be made with input from the people by and through their elected Representatives.

The Congressmen have requested a response by the end of January. The American Civil Liberties Union has also done extensive research into the DOJ surveillance program, which can be read here.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • phideaux

    “The Congressmen have requested a response by the end of January.”

    While they MIGHT get a response from the felon Holder do not expect it to say anything or contain anything truthful.

    • Harold Olsen

      The odds are, his response will be words to the effect that he knows nothing about it. He never seems to know anything that goes on in his own department.

      • Robert Smith

        “The American Civil Liberties Union has also done extensive research into the DOJ surveillance program, which can be read here.”

        The way the ACLU is generally run down around here I’ll bet that if they condemn Holder in any way the extreme right will stick up for him.

        Or, will they treat the ACLU like they do their bible and simply tout that which they agree with (like using the bible to hate gays) and ignore the rest (that involves love).

        Just a thought.

        Rob

      • http://uncleteddysreeducationcamp.com teddy maher

        Harold …. Iam by no means a BHO fan or supporter …. Surveillence started with Clinton in 1994 when the FCC installed digital links in every serving telephone central office across this country…. Bush followed up with the patriot act,TSA and homeland security…Obama could be telling the truth when says he does not know…. The existence of files for his perusal is controlled by several DOJ ranking officials…

      • http://comcast the fisherman

        It all boils down to ( when the cat is away the mice will play) so we got to keep a eye open for thoe little a holes

      • ibcamn

        Holder knows everything that’s going on,it’s just if you get caught,deny,deny,deny,and he’s gotten good at it!this White house has plans for all of us,and everything they want!a full plate needs a lot of planning and correct execution in order to shape this country into a new way of life,their way of life!…if we throw a wrench into the works they have a contingency plan!they do not do anything without a plan and backup plans,they are dug in and undermining everything we (as Americans)hold near and dear to our hearts,and this president has no intentions of letting us win!..someone needs to get proof that Obama and Schultz are bumping ugly’s!that would put a crimp in his day(mister family values,B.S.,why do you think they took separate vacations that year[at tax payers exspense]i think they were arguing about that)some of those sheeple need to wake up!little Obama groupies need to see the real man!..sorry a little off track there!!

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Personal Liberty Digest HAS A LOT OF ARTICLES LIKE, THIS ONE.

    SINCE INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY IS VALUED ON THIS SITE, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY “LIBERTY-LOVERS” DO NOT LET THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS KNOW THE AVERAGE AMERICAN NO LONGER FEARS A TERROR ATTACK. SINCE Attorney-General Eric Holder AND Transportation Security Administration ARE OUT-OF-CONTROL, BOTH OF THEM NEED TO BE REMOVED.

    SINCE TWO REPUBLICANS AND American Civil Liberties Union ARE ON THE SAME SIDE IN REFERENCE TO THIS ISSUE, THIS IMPLIES AN OVERALL AGREEMENT AMONGST AMERICANS – “This peculiar- and unwarranted obsession with terrorism – held by ineffective politicians who want the appearance of ‘doing something’ – has to go!”

    MORE THAN ELEVEN YEARS HAS BEEN WASTED.

    • Vicki

      You want to tell them in masse? Go to this site and send your letter to congress.
      Tell them we won the war on terror.
      https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/not-afraid/

      Tell them that you are NOT afraid and you don’t want them being afraid for you.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vicki,”

        ALTHOUGH YOU WERE JOKING, YOU ARE STILL ON POINT.

        I AM NOT AFRAID. I WILL NOT RUN FROM DEATH. SO, “Vicki” I SAY TO THOSE FOOLS …… C’MON KENYAN AND Al-Qaida, DO Y-O-U-R WORST; I BET YOUR COLORED ASSES I WILL “GO DOWN SHOOTING!”

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vicki,”

        THANK YOU.

        I WENT TO YOUR LINK AND SENT THE LETTER TO CONGRESS. I TOLD THEM I THINK Osama bin Laden WAS “RAILROADED” AND MURDERED SO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA COULD HAVE FEELINGS OF SUPREMACY. I ALSO TOLD THEM I HATE I AM AMERICAN.

      • Robert Smith

        CHRISTOPHER, you state: “I ALSO TOLD THEM I HATE I AM AMERICAN.”

        If that is truly the case, why are you here?

        America does not have an outigration quota.

        Rob

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Robert Smith,”

        LEAVING THIS COUNTRY PERMANENTLY IS NOT A REALISTIC OPTION FOR ME. OH, BUT, I WISH I COULD.

        AS YOU KNOW, “Mr. Smith,” MY FORMER PARTNER AND I ENDED OUR RELATIONSHIP AROUND THIS TIME FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. THAT DESTROYED ME. I SUFFER FROM “UNDIAGNOSED” DEPRESSION. I LOVED HIM [A CAUCASIAN FRENCHMAN] WITH, “ALL THAT I AM.”

        I THOUGHT I HAD A CHANCE TO “PIECE MY PSYCHE BACK TOGETHER.” BUT, THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY WHEN THAT “COLORED” BECAME PRESIDENT. AS YOU KNOW, “Mr. Smith,” I LOVE MY INTELLECTUALISM. YET, I CAN NOT “WRAP MY HEAD AROUND” A half-black IN The White House. I TRULY BELIEVED CAUCASIANS WERE GOING TO GET “RID OF” THE KENYAN IN THIS ELECTION. IF I AM STILL ALIVE IN 2017, I HOPE A CAUCASIAN-MALE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE ME PEACE.

    • Robert Smith

      CHRISTOPHER says: “MORE THAN ELEVEN YEARS HAS BEEN WASTED.”

      Not for the extreme right. They FEAR their brutal god and do all they can to promote fear because it works on them.

      Samurai was accurate, from his perspective, when he tagged his posts that to be a patriot one had to fear HIS god.

      Rob

      • http://uncleteddysreeducationcamp.com teddy maher

        “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”…. so goes the words of King Solomon…It is the definition of fear that escapes us …. With fear comes respect either voluntarily or forcible…. To know this so called “Brutal God” is to know his mercy,kindness and agape love…Who are we to question the power and authority of the eternal one who created the universe….Let us not marvel at our own knowledge and interlectual pro wise because in his eyes it is all foolishness..

  • Rennie

    They are taking names down, who won’t drink the cool aid. Don’t not be fooled by provacatuers who will seek to embed and inspire acts that can be used for propaganda purposes, do not use violence. Make it clear only the criminals who are released from prisons or mental facilties by the leftists are the only killers out there. Make a graph, on one side list those elements in our society that teach people to value life, to understand life is sacred, and on the otherside list all those elements which convince us life is not sacred. Where do most teh politicians stand? Where does most of the newsmedia stories, their focus, and Hollywood movies and TV shows stand? What do they glorify? And I’m not talking religion I’m talking values, morality, ethics. Then make a second table, of all the subjects Obama and Romney agreed not to discuss or apparently did not argue about. How do those topics, fit in the life vs. death listings? Our society is being taken over by evil-doers who value the life of others little or cheaply. That is my defintion of “EVIL” . Make a note of those in the pro-death column, do not support them, do not support the businesses (like Dick’s sporting goods) who support them, do not patronize newsmedia or Hollywood that supports them. Focus on ethics, scientific FACTS, what the founding fathers intended for this nation, and teach that to younger generations, ofr there will be no willing recievers/trustees/custodians of teh rights and freedoms you are struggling to preserve today. Much brainwashing must be undone, getting a senate willing to impeach Obama is the first step to ending his reign of tyranny, but he and those who manipulate him can yet do great harm by then right up to his exit from office, which will not be graceful. Only by people understanding what the statkes are, and who is on what side, can we hope to save our freedoms and democracy from ruin. Now’s the day and now’s the hour folks. Get the message across, the armed killers out there have been made possible by those who refuse to keep them locked up. They want the carnage, the media hype, and statistics, so they can selectively eliminate or bully anyone who thinks they have freedom of thought, speech, religion or anything else this nation and constitution were founded to secure. DO NOT MAKE MATERIAL ARGUMENTS!!!! By letting this all devolve into discussions of wealth is how the greed/envy of those who want stuff from others are bought off, and those with wealth focus on keeping what is theirs, and freedom falls by the wayside, a very cunning strategy which the Obama/Romney election proved successful. It’s all about FREEDOM stupid!

  • hanbo

    Remember folks,we live in a policestate.Everything is recorded by the Amerikan stasi-kgb.for your own good,of course.It is truly sad to see so many that pay more attention to their idiotic tv shows,nascar and football than to the threat to their liberty.I urge all to please checkout the “Appleseed program”.from the Rev.War Veterans Assoc. this is the best all volunteer training to be a rifleman that there is available to we the people.Pickup a copy of the “shotgun news”,read about in Freds m-14stocks. The program is outstanding,esp to teach kids .

  • STEVE E.

    The evil government spies on all of us not because we fear our enemies (except for pansies), it’s because the evil government fears us. Did the light just come on?

  • http://midcontent brand inspector

    DOJ,( Dumb Old Jackasses,), when the marxist loving/socialist crossbred was elected, no one should be surprised, when he appointed a other crossbred black pather and a terrorist loving defender, was appointed to head the DOJ. Both are capital haters, as well as all who surrond them selves with a common thread, of being anti American haters. Most simple minded morons that voted for this jugeared puke didn’t read the marxist’s books witten by a domestic terrorist killer, Bill Ayers, a close friend and more. Yet the socialist/communist democrap wonder why everyone is buying guns, it isn’t to protect themselves, as it is to slow down, the blue helmet dictators and stop our own government!

  • Flops

    Ever since Washington D.C became the ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government) in the 1960s, it has been the enemy of the American people. So all this spying on the American people is just a drop in the bucket.

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