Is The NSA Spying On Congress?
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Is The NSA Spying On Congress?



Probably. The spooks have shown a remarkable arrogance in sweeping up data ...

Probably. The spooks have shown a remarkable arrogance in sweeping up data
from friend and foe alike and were probably so sure their snooping on our elected
representatives would ever see the light of day that they figured, why not?
Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT), sent a letter on Friday to the director of the NSA
asking him if his agency was reading Congress's mail.



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    • Is The NSA Spying On Congress? Rick Moran January 4, 2014 Probably. The spooks have shown a remarkable arrogance in sweeping up data from friend and foe alike and were probably so sure their snooping on our elected representatives would ever see the light of day that they figured, why not? Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT), sent a letter on Friday to the director of the NSA asking him if his agency was reading Congress's mail. Politico: The Vermont independent said he was "deeply concerned" about the NSA's collection of information on Americans and called reports that the agency listens in on foreign leaders "disturbing." "I am writing today to ask you one very simple question," Sanders wrote in the letter addressed to NSA Director Keith Alexander. "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials? 'Spying' would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business." Sanders wrote that while he believes in securing America against terrorism, he worries strategies to do so undermine citizens' constitutional rights.
    • The longtime member of Congress has introduced legislation to curb the NSA and has spoken out strongly against its surveillance measures. No doubt any analysts listening in on Congressional communications were bored to death. Still, the executive branch spying on the legislative branch is carrying the concept of national security too far. If the NSA has been peeking at Congressmen's emails and phone calls, they should quit wasting their time and get back to the business of protecting the country. Big Sis: No clemency For Edward Snowden Justin Sink The Hill January 4, 2013 Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that she “would not put clemency on the table” for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I think Snowden has exacted quite a bit of damage and did it in a way that violated the law,” Napolitano said in an interview airing on "Meet the Press" this Sunday. She said damage from Snowden’s actions will be seen for years to come. Asked if the administration should consider a deal that would allow Snowden to avoid jail time in return for unreleased documents, Napolitano said she couldn't judge without knowing what information the former defense contractor still had. “But from where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” she said. The New York Times and another former Obama administration official are among the voices calling for Snowden to be given a break. On Thursday, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former State Department director of policy planning, tweeted
    • that she agreed with an editorial in the Times that argued Snowden was “clearly justified in believing that the only way to blow the whistle on this kind of intelligencegathering was to expose it to the public and let the resulting furor do the work his superiors would not.” “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight,” the editorial says. “He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.” Last month, Richard Ledgett, who heads an National Security Agency task force handling unauthorized disclosures, suggested in a “60 Minutes” interview that the U.S. should consider a deal offering Snowden amnesty in exchange for returning additional documents outlining the government's top-secret surveillance programs. “My personal view is, yes, it’s worth having a conversation about,” Ledgett said. “I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured, and my bar for those assurances would be very high. It would be more than just an assertion on his part.” But White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed the suggestion, saying that the administration's position on Snowden's need to return home to face justice had not changed “at all.” “Mr. Snowden has been accused of leaking classified information and he faces felony charges here in the United States,” Carney said. President Obama is spending his winter vacation reviewing a report commissioned by the White House that recommends dozens of steps the administration could take to increase transparency or impose limits on the nation’s intelligence programs. Among the recommendations are ending the NSA’s collection of Americans’ phone records, additional scrutiny when the decision is made to monitor foreign leaders, and new safeguards requiring the administration to obtain judicial approval before reviewing a citizen’s financial or phone records. Obama is expected to announce his decision on the recommendations later this month.
    • Big Sis: No clemency for Edward Snowden VIDEO BELOW U.S. Court Allows More Phone Snooping Reuters January 4, 2013 The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the authority of U.S. intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans' telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights. The court allowed the intelligence community to collect metadata from phone companies, the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a news release. The release offered almost no details about the ruling, but a U.S. official said the authority was renewed for three months, and that it applied to the entire metadata collection program. In the past, these orders were sometimes issued to individual telephone companies. But the official said the latest order covered all companies from which metadata had been collected under recent previous court authorizations. News the National Security Agency can track the telephone calls of Americans by collecting metadata of who they contact and when, was one of the main revelations by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden last year that set off public outcry about government spying. Two U.S. district judges recently issued conflicting rulings on the legality and constitutionality of bulk metadata collection by the NSA. On Friday, the Justice Department filed notice it was appealing a ruling in December by Washingtonbased federal judge Richard Leon that declared bulk metadata collection was probably unlawful. Leon said that he could not imagine a more "indiscriminate" and "arbitrary" invasion of privacy.
    • But William Pauley, a federal judge based in Manhattan, issued a ruling last month that found such collection legal. Clapper's office said that U.S. intelligence agencies were "open to modifications" to the metadata collection program that "would provide additional privacy and civil liberty protections while still maintaining its operational benefits." The NSA says it only uses the metadata of Americans in limited circumstances and with great care. A panel of outside experts appointed by President Barack Obama recently questioned whether the results produced by bulk metadata collection outweighed the intrusion into Americans' privacy. It suggested possible changes in the program, but not its cancellation. Obama is expected to produce his own recommendations for reforms or changes in U.S. electronic surveillance later this month. NSA Calls Americans Zombies January 4, 2014 NSA slides show them gloating that they’ve achieved the Big Brother surveillance state of Orwell’s 1984 and pointing out the irony of how Apple’s iPhone is the tool that never fails to deliver when hacked. NSA Calls Americans Zombies VIDEO BELOW INFOWARS.COM BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND