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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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  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    They either need to dismantle the NSA or cut it back drastically! . They also need to monitor the Mosques or have them moved to a different country as our government is discriminating against its own people! That is unacceptable! NO DISCRIMINATION!!! Isn’t it against the law to discriminate??

  • lokiswife

    Finally, something that awoke liberals to what was really going on in this country when they realized that NSA was snooping on THEIR phone calls, texts, and other personal information. The IRS was only targetting conservatives, liberals didn’t have to worry about IRS retaliation. All the bad stuff was happening to someone else, not them. The mainstream media filtered out all the “bad news”, they were safe and doing well, according to the MSM. Now that they are awake and aware, will they take the rosy glasses off and see the reality?

    • vicki

      Their ox gets gored and they notice. Bout time too.

  • vicki

    Snowden did not reveal anything. He simply validated what many have warned about for years.

    As to the law makers being upset, that and $4 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    Here is a copy the manuscript completed and submitted today to members of the Space Science & Technology Committee of the House of Representatives for their consideration and action.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Creator_Destroyer_Sustainer_of_Life.pdf

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Creator_Destroyer_Sustainer_of_Life.doc

    The conclusion is just this: Two seemingly minor falsehoods, promoted as scientific facts to save the world from possible nuclear annihilation in 1945:

    _ 1. Neutrons attract neutrons
    _ 2. H-fusion powers the Sun

    Destroyed the integrity of science, education, research journals, the news media, and world leaders – and Creator-endowed rights to self-governance, as a virus living only in nerve cells might totally incapacitate an entire organism without leaving any visible outward sign of its presence.

    My research mentor, the late Paul Kazuo Kuroda, directed me to start research in 1960 that would finally reveal this information.

    Four others provided helpful information about events and emotions that elevated scientific models above scientific observations in the tragic ending of the Second World War: Fred Hoyle, David Snell, Robert Jungk and George Orwell.

    I regret that it took so long to complete that 1960 assignment.

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA PI
    for Apollo Samples

  • Wellarmed

    Congress controls the purse strings. It is no longer time for talking. They are either with us or against us. If they do not cut the funding for this unconstitutional program then they will have picked their side. and we the people will know what will need to be done to clean this mess up.

  • Alan

    Thats all well and good, but are they going to do anything about it ? As we have seen in the past, they talk a good game but follow up is lacking or non existant.

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