New FBI Director Thinks President Obama's Surveillance Program Is Great

from the well,-duh dept

I imagine this will surprise absolutely no one, but new FBI Director James Comey has said that the administration's surveillance efforts are perfectly wonderful and legal all at the same time. Remember this is the same James Comey who refused to answer some of the questions about his views on the surveillance effort prior to the Senate's approval of his appointment. Now that he's in charge, apparently he has no problem admitting that he's not much of a fan of the 4th Amendment.

In an interview, Comey claimed that he's "comfortable" with the surveillance program and that the program is "lawful and appropriate." Furthermore, it appears he repeatedly talked about the supposed "checks and balances" of the program -- the same checks and balances that don't appear to exist in reality. It's no surprise that an FBI boss is going to obviously talk up his own power to spy on everyone, but it's rather shameful he tried to avoid those questions prior to getting the job.


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    limbodog (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:11am

    A pop-quiz that should be asked of every candidate running for office is: "Where do you define the limits of the 4th Amendment?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:12am

    There's something new...

    Evil henchman thinks his evil master's program is 'Great!'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:14am

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    ha ha ha... worthless, you judge a Candidate by what the did in their past, not by what they say or do now.

    Obama was against the 'Bush Surveillance machine' before he became the Chief and took it over.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:20am

    not them too!

    I would never expect him, of all people, to think that

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:20am

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    kidding of course

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:34am

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    Pretty sure Obama has far gone past where he defined those limits as a candidate.

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:38am

    Bush haters rate Obama as better, not sure why.

    So it seems that Bush was the pre-vanguard 1984 monitoring president. And Obama is a president that found good info in being a government that always and monitors...everything.

    Elect those people you want, but enjoy the benefits and consequences of that choice.

    Turn off that stupid, vapid reality tv show and find a way to understand what they want to do to you and your family. Or complain never again. You choice with or without information is your choice. But understand if enough uninformed people agree then the US becomes the USSR.

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:42am

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    Really it would be useless unless it was while they were hooked up to a polygraph. Because all would lie to appease their donors.

     

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    SolkeshNaranek (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:44am

    Politician's and their continuing failures

    It's no surprise that an FBI boss is going to obviously talk up his own power to spy on everyone, but it's rather shameful he tried to avoid those questions prior to getting the job


    The bigger shame are the politicians that let him slide on those questions and approved his nomination anyway.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:46am

    If he loves such program he should voluntarily install taps on all his devices and cameras inside his home so the NSA can monitor all just in case. No?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:47am

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    Polygraphs are bullshit.

     

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    Nomis, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:52am

    USA, going down the crapper one amendment at a time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:52am

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    Candidate: "The limits of the 4th amendment are defined by the size of the paper sheet you use. If the paper is too small, your 4th amendment will be very limited by the small size of that paper. That is why I propose that all 4th amendments are written on A3 size paper."

    (turns and whispers to advisor)

    Candidate: "How'd I do?"

    (Advisor facepalms and starts to question his vocation)

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 11:17am

    Re: Politician's and their continuing failures

    Washington is about gaining power not about representing the people that elected you. So the people elected only need to balance 2 points. What gains them power in Washington and what gets them re-elected. Nominations are not part of that equation.

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 11:28am

    Riiight

    Color me shocked. New head of large domestic police/spy/goon agency defends practices making policing/spying/gooning easier.

    It's almost as if the job is more important than the company. It's almost as if the company is a front for dealing drugs and raking profits. It's almost as if the company is above the law.

    It's almost as if there is no law.

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 11:42am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I know but some might not.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Sep 25th, 2013 @ 11:45am

    Re: Re: Politician's and their continuing failures

    Oh but they are. You please other powers to gain more power via nominations. Or you can nominate your own allies to grab even more power. Nominations are quite important in politics.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 1:28pm

    shameful it is but stupid it is not. he wasn't going to screw up his chances of getting a massive salary whilst getting to screw up others lives as and when he feels like it, was he?

     

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    Anonymous, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 2:58pm

    Does Comey rhyme with "homie" or is it like, "My hands are all comey"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 3:15pm

    Scandals...we need more of 'em

    If not this FBI Director, it would have been someone else. Makes no difference.

    On a side note,
    I think it's interesting that the director of the CIA was brought down by the FBI reading private emails about a scandulous Affair and not by the fact that he was part of the illegal surveillance state.
    So what I learned from that was, If you want to get rid of someone in power that is breaking the law, is you catch them in a scandulous affair.
    That seems to be the only thing the public is concerned with.
    Well, that and American Idol.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 4:48pm

    Re: Re: Politician's and their continuing failures

    oh they represent us but not in a good way. worse yet they do things in our name too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Scandals...we need more of 'em

    please tell me they're not still hooked on american idol. thank goodness I quit paying my cable bill all those years ago. there's nothing on there that's worth paying for.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 5:07pm

    Stand up comedy!

     

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