Public, Lawmakers Must Seize The Day And Defeat The NSA


Despite suffering a close defeat last week during a House vote on an amendment to defund certain portions of the National Security Agency’s data collection efforts, privacy advocates in the United States are in a better position to gain public support for dismantling portions of the Nation’s surveillance apparatus than they have been in years.

“This was the closest vote I’ve ever seen post-9/11 in regard to reeling in the NSA apparatus,” Amie Stepanovich, director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), told The Hill after the vote. “The numbers on this vote show there’s incredible interest in reforming these programs. I don’t think it matters that it didn’t pass.”

And members of Congress aren’t the only ones who seem to be changing their minds about the need for such invasive spying to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations that the security agency is involved in broad data collection affecting virtually every American has, according to recent polling numbers, made fewer Americans trust that the NSA is seeking information only on terror suspects.

According to numbers from Pew, 56 percent of Americans believe that Federal courts should do more to limit what telephone and Internet data the government can collect as part of anti-terrorism efforts. Seventy percent of those polled expressed concern that the government uses the data for purposes other than investigating terrorism.

Overall, 47 percent of those polled believed that the government has gone too far in restricting the average person’s civil liberties, while 35 percent were more concerned that policies have not gone far enough to protect the country.

Pew also indicates that Republicans and Democrats share similar concern over civil liberties violations:

The increase in concern about civil liberties has taken place across the board, with double-digit shifts in opinion among nearly all partisan and demographic groups. Republicans prioritized security over civil liberties by a 58%-25% margin in 2010. Today, Republicans are as likely to say their bigger concern is civil liberties (43%) as security (38%), a balance of opinion nearly identical to that among Democrats (42% civil liberties, 38% security).

With growing public concern over government spying, and subsequent political pressure on politicians to act, privacy advocates in Congress — like Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who authored last week’s amendment, or Senator Ron Wyden, who has been talking about intelligence agencies violating Americans’ privacy for years — will have a better chance of defeating those lawmakers who find government spying agreeable.

“If we don’t take a unique moment in our constitutional history — in our political history — to fix a surveillance system that [is] just off the rails, I think we’ll regret it,” Wyden told reporters for The Washington Post Friday.

And for those still unwilling to believe that the U.S. surveillance system has truly grown out of control, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, the original publisher of Snowden’s leaks, said he would release more information this week detailing how low-level NSA employees can listen to the phone calls and read the emails of American citizens without court approval.

“And what these programs are, are very simple screens like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address and it does two things: it searches a database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you’ve entered,” Greenwald said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

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Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • TIME

    Dear People,
    The NDAA, the Patriot act, O’Bama care the TSA, the NSA, the FBI, the CIA, IRS, the FED, as well as “”countless”” other absurd freedom removing let alone the moral removing creations of man, as well as thousands and thousands of Executive Order’s,
    That’s just to name but a few of the absurd { “”un lawful””} laws that have destroyed what used to be AMERICAN ~ personal liberty / personal Sovereign as well as State Sovereign status.
    The combination of the Luciferian Talmud followers – Rothschild’s / Rockefeller Banking / Socialist / Marxist / Fascist / in a tight little box freedom removing left wing fruit cake’s ideology of the golden Human Idol worship ~~ all must be removed.
    But in this nation ~ step one is the return of the “Original Constitution & the Original 13th Amendment.”
    Then to also embrace the TRUE GOD back into the equation and stop with all the Phony Churches that preach all of the above, all under the guise of alleged Christianity,
    The Christ had only TWO Commandment’s for his people to follow and all other laws would then be moot, Of what by the way is what Christianity is all about. Nothing else.
    #1) Hold No Idol, nor Symbol. nor MAN, higher than GOD himself.
    #2, TREAT others as you would treat GOD himself or as you would want to be treated.
    Now, as Christianity has been so misrepresented can you see how the political class have allowed themselves the power to become Golden GOD like Idols by way of their BANKING Masters who love Lucifer?
    Just watch your TV for evidence of this very behavior pattern, you have Doctor shows, Lawyer shows, Police shows, Retarded alleged Reality shows that display how one is to act within the proper social construct that is being created for you by these special people.
    What not enough proof of such for you, then watch the movies they have created to make you think in that passive aggressive greed filled golden idol worshiping manor.
    When the social construct of any nation believes that “EVIL is Good” – & that “GOOD is Evil”, we have a problem Huston.
    Until all that’s done ~ The whole world is going to fall victim by way of its own ignorance, as well its own illiterate being ~ by way of its Evil cosmology.
    The pervasive Passive Aggressive greed filled culture is killing the world one step at a TIME.
    Sadly the willing populace just goes along to get along like good little lemmings that the schools have trained them by way of indoctrination to the cult of Golden Idol worship, just look at the mass media’s lust for O’Bama, its utterly sick.
    Thus the very nature that GOD built into us is being removed one small piece at a TIME. The end result will be the destruction of all Humans.
    Humans will then be replaced with some “UN GODLY” Abomination built by man in his own twisted image.
    Peace and Love to you that get it, May the light of Pure Good by way of the Holy Sprit shine on you.

  • Jim


  • Chris

    GOOD POST!!!!!!

  • Paul

    We ALL must keep in mind that we are being asked to trust our government with this information and that it would not be abused. I know, hilarious, right?! We are being deceived with the need for government to protect us in the name of terrorism and not looking at the truth.

    I don’t know about you but, I for one, would rather die in a terrorist attack than to give up the freedoms that makes America what it is. I assure you this government(and any other) are not to be trusted and WILL abuse this power. Just look at recent events to see the proof of how government will protect their own and are not interested in the truth. This government is only interested in their welfare and our money, period. Government and politicians are the lowest form of life and that is why we the people MUST reduce their power over us. The only one I truly trust is God.