Democratic Leadership Says NSA Data Collection Is Fine Because You 'May Be In Communication With Terrorists'
from the seriously? dept
One of the things that became quite clear with yesterday’s vote by the House to keep the NSA collecting records on every single one of your phone calls was the strange bedfellows that came together over this issue. Fighting against the surveillance were conservatives who were skeptical about government power along with liberals who were skeptical of government overreach into private lives. On the flip side, you had the White House and the leadership of both parties — who tend to lean more towards supporting excessive power in the executive branch (perhaps because of their own dreams of being able to control that power). It’s not often you see Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi agreeing on very much.
Over at the Huffington Post, there’s a good article about these odd pairings, noting the oddity of Bachmann endorsing the “identical” position as the Obama administration. But the really stunning point is at the end of the article, where it mentions that Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip, who’s in charge of gathering up the votes on the Democratic side, and who apparently was working overtime to convince Democrats to vote in favor of ignoring the 4th Amendment, sent the most bizarre “description” of the amendment. While that only has a clip, a friend sent over the full “description” sent by Steny Hoyer to all of the Democrats in the House:
Amash/Conyers/Mulvaney/Polis/Massie Amendment – Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act (as codified by Section 501 of FISA) to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who may be in communication with terrorist groups but are not already subject to an investigation under Section 215
Talk about misleading. The program pertains to everyone. At this point, it’s no secret that the records collected under this authority include a record of every single phone call. This is not about collecting records of people talking to terrorists. It’s about collecting records on everyone. So, the only rational deciphering of Hoyer’s email is that he believes that every American “may be in communication with terrorist groups” and therefore it’s okay to spy on them.
How do these people get elected?