The House of Representatives voted 217-205 to defeat an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have limited the National Security Agency’s ability to collect electronic information, including phone call records.
Opposition to government surveillance has created an unlikely alliance of libertarian Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, The House vote split the parties, with 94 Republicans in favor and 134 against, while 111 Democrats supported the amendment and 83 opposed it.
A Republican Representative who supports massive NSA data collection, former Army captain Tom Cotton, says:
“This program has stopped dozens of terrorist attacks…That means it has saved untold American lives.”
[He] said a comprehensive set of phone call records was needed in order for the program to work.
“If you want to search for a needle in a haystack, you have to have the haystack.”
Others supported the amendment. I wonder how many of them are soon up for reelection?
But Amash, a conservative Republican, and other supporters of the amendment said the fundamental issue was whether the U.S. government had the right to collect and retain the personal communications data of American citizens.
Rights? Most of our politicians and judges seem to consider rights, Constitutional and civil, an antiquated concept (except when they are useful for their agenda). In fact, most seem to have absolutely no concept of right and wrong (Anthony Weiner is a most recent example). Even children know it’s not right to snoop and tattle (and show their private parts).
And no surprise here:
U.S. spy chiefs, the White House and senior lawmakers responsible for overseeing intelligence agencies in Congress had joined ranks against the effort to curb the program…
In an unusually public discourse on a secret spying program, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, urged the House in a statement on Wednesday to be wary of the “potential effect of limiting the intelligence community’s capabilities” under the current law.
James Clapper. Remember him?
What we’re dealing with is a bunch of secretive liars. Do we really trust them with the data they are collecting? We obviously can’t trust our elected representatives to help us. Even if we could get real freedom-loving individuals in office, the president has plans in place to govern without them. To make matters worse, Hillary is waiting in the wings. If any of us thought the last few presidents were bad, in my humble opinion, we can’t even imagine what hell she’ll unleash on us. And the millions of bits of information that will be used against us by her administration are being collected right now.