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NSA Spying Bashed By Bipartisan Group Of House Lawmakers

July 17, 2013 by  

House Judiciary Committee lawmakers grilled top Obama Administration officials Wednesday over National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s revelations that the agency collects American communications data in bulk.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole testified before a bipartisan group of lawmakers, reasserting the Administration’s claim that the NSA’s tactics “achieve the right balance” between protecting American safety and privacy.

But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed concern that the NSA is violating Americans’ Constitutionally-protected privacy rights.

“It’s clear to me that we have a very serious violation of the law,” Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) told an assembly of officials representing the Justice Department, NSA, FBI, and Director of National Intelligence’s Office. “I feel very uncomfortable about aggregated metadata on hundreds of millions of Americans, everybody, including every member of Congress and every citizen who has a phone in the United States of America. This is unsustainable, it’s outrageous, and must be stopped immediately.”

Other lawmakers called for Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which grants the government the power to collect communications metadata, to be changed. Otherwise, lawmakers say the provision will not muster the legislative support needed for renewal so that it can be used to target legitimate terror concerns.

“It’s got to be changed,” said Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.). “And you’ve got to change how you operate 215 . . . or you’re not going to have it anymore.”

Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) agreed with the Republican’s assessment.

“I think very clearly this program has gone off the tracks legally and needs to be reined in,” she said.

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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  • Suede.

    Not to mention when we buy bleach, ammonia, and one other household product now, the clerks are supposed to question us about their use. If they don’t like the answer, they’re supposed to call the police. Guess we get grilled everytime we need bleach to clean the toilet.

    • Tommy cunningham

      That’s when you say, “non of your business!” Let them call the police , I’d tell them it non of their business also.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    I believe they are blowing smoke, and nothing will change they just want to make people feel at ease

    • Brandon

      Unfortunately I get that feeling too!!! We just need to voice until they are voted out or something does get done!

  • Tommy cunningham

    There is no right balance to violate Constitution and degrade liberty for security or balance! Congress doesn’t need to bash them, they need to stop the illegal actions of the NSA. Don’t want any of my rights violated for any amount of safety or security!!!

  • Tommy cunningham

    I’d rather be broke, hungry, scared and free than fat, secure and a slave!!!

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