Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
So long as it doesnt reveal methods to our enemies, this seems like a reasonable thing to do. Since congress and the courts wont do their job of stopping govt from abusing the power it has, the people need to at least be able to know whats going on so they can do something about it during elections.A bipartisan group of senators are pushing legislation that would force the government to reveal the secret court opinions authorizing the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs.
“Americans deserve to know how much information about their private communications the government believes it’s allowed to take under the law,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who is spearheading the effort alongside Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in a statement.
Read more: Senators push bill to declassify secret FISA surveillance rulings - The Hill's DEFCON Hill
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From the New York Times Editiorial Board:
It doesn't get more scathing than this from an Obamabot media outlet.
Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability.
The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Politics...its just so frickin aesome!!!
he said the same in an interview last nite on msnbc with lawrence odonnell
Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come - Associated PressThe journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents.
"We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.
Greenwald told The Associated Press the decision was being made on when to release the next story based on the information provided by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who has been accused by U.S. Senate intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California of committing an "act of treason" that should be prosecuted.
"There are dozens of stories generated by the documents he provided, and we intend to pursue every last one of them," Greenwald said.
It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. - John Maynard Keynes