House Democrats Call For Congressional Action To Stop NSA

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House Democrats are demanding that the government’s ability to spy on American citizens be immediately throttled in the wake of ongoing reports of the National Security Agency’s unConstitutional collection of thousands of electronic communications between innocent Americans.

Representatives Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), all members of the House Judiciary Committee, say there is compelling evidence that the executive branch is guilty of vast abuses of the surveillance power granted in the name of fighting terror.

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“We are gravely concerned with recent revelations of the government’s misuse of its surveillance authorities. Earlier this week, we learned of an internal review that shows the NSA routinely oversteps its own privacy rules,” the trio said in a statement. “Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the government has the capability to reach nearly three-quarters of all internet traffic in the United States.  Just moments ago, the government declassified court documents that show the NSA collected Americans’ electronic communication with no connection to terrorism—and did not learn of the problem for nearly three years.  These revelations, and others over the past weeks, demand that we act immediately.”

The lawmakers are calling on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to re-evaluate the government’s ability to spy on Americans.

“Although we have repeatedly been assured that the government’s surveillance programs are subject to robust internal and external oversight, the burden remains on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to ensure that government acts in a manner that is consistent with our civil liberties,” the statement continued.

Specifically, the Democrats want Congress to take up legislation (H.R. 2399 a.k.a. “LIBERT-E Act”) to rein in the Administration’s spying powers granted under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. They also want the White House to provide Congress with more information about the decisions passed down by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees NSA surveillance.

“Meaningful Congressional oversight of these matters also depends on reporting by the executive branch. We must take appropriate legislative action to ensure that the government may not take advantage of existing authorities,” the lawmakers said.

Nadler, Conyers and Scott also said that that would like to see more NSA oversight from outside the intelligence community.

“Given recent disclosures, we also believe it is imperative that we enact legislation to declassify certain reports, introduce a public advocate to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and change the manner in which FISC judges are selected,” said the statement.

This week, Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced that he will be introducing more legislation to take away some of the NSA’s surveillance powers because he believed that many lawmakers regret not supporting his narrowly defeated effort to do so last month. The lawmaker introduced several anti-NSA amendments in July, such as one to Defense Appropriations Bill that would have ended bulk phone record collection, but his proposals were defeated each time.

The onslaught of new damning headlines about the NSA, however, appears to have lawmakers on both sides of the aisle clamoring to limit the government’s surveillance power.

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  • Bob

    Their Fearing They won’t get re-elected if they don’t something about this!!(At least,they are doing more than OBomba the clown is doing!!!!!!

    • Bob

      Also, Thats a Dam Good Picture Of The Clown!!!!

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    If anyone should be monitored , it should be the Mosques, which are NOT monitored at all! POTUS says it would offend them! YOU DON’T THINK WE ARE OFFENDED MR. PIECE OF CRAP? Vote them all out! Last month they voted against this and all of a sudden now they want to vote against it? All those who voted against it last month should loose their seats in 2014! And why has our POTUS not been impeached yet? Over 100 articles of impeachment that he has violated! Impeach the impostor now!

    • Robert Messmer

      The only Mosques that are/would be monitored would be the “peaceful” ones, since the Muslims see them as infidels along with the rest of the non-Muslim world.

      • Debbie Hogan Tate

        I am talking about the Mosques in the USA, are you? And if so, how do we know they are peaceful? They are not monitored!

        • Robert Messmer

          If their…what(?) iman is not calling for true believers to kill the great satan then if would be a “peaceful” one.

  • red neck

    Ok… The mid-term elections are coming up shortly and I find it the only time that the democrats attempt on doing something for the “good” of the country…. I think what they are saying is superficial propaganda…. You should remember my post because the truth will be known in time.

    • Bill

      Good analogy, Red

  • dan

    shutting the barn door a little late ,aren’t we ?
    They already have enough to hang us all
    (well you knew those guilitines and FEMA Camps were for SOMEthing)
    ….they just need to go back and sift through until they find it

  • Average_Joe56

    Considering our government’s history of abuses and secrecy, does anyone believe that if they enact laws preventing these abuses, that the abuses will actually stop? At best, we can expect at lot of vocalization….but absolutely no reform ( even if drafted into law). The secrecy and data mining will continue…in secret, as usual.

    Once the beast was freed from the cage…there is no putting it back….

    Yes, the Democrats are facing an uphill battle for re-election…because of their silence and denials about this administration’s fast growing list of scandals and usurpations of power. They know at this point, they must say (not actually “DO”) something…..or the Republicans and Independents will take their jobs….and their power. Do not be fooled by the false bravado from these cretins. The only thing they are interested in….their own hides, wallets and power…..period.

    “The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • Moshe McCarthy

    Sadly, lawlessness is now simply accepted in the federal monster & at state levels, too. It does not matter what dog & pony show goes on & what promises are made, vows to do their duty, & uphold the rule of law & constitution mean zippo! This did not start under OBlahBlah, but he & the racist Holder have intensified it, accelerated it for sure. Obummer & his corrupt Chicago-style thugocracy cabal makes Nixon & his crew look like Boy Scouts!

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/when_lawlessness_becomes_routine_93DppcFNdIO0k9Dodvj0OO

  • Karolyn

    Democrats? Wow! That should put a bee in some of your bonnets!

  • Karolyn

    “Thirteen Things the Government is trying to keep secret from you.
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/23-1

  • JLouisK

    Get rid of the NSA, shut down all their offices, confiscate all their records and destroy the whole damn thing. The CIA does enough damage outside the US and the FBI here. We don’t need extra officials to obstruct Constitutional Freedom and Liberty.
    For that matter we need to expel the current Socialist leader who is defiling our Constitution and Bill of Rights from the White House as well as any Senator or Congressman who tramples upon our Rights.