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    Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    A US senator has bluntly asked the National Security Agency if it spies on Congress, raising the stakes for the surveillance agency’s legislative fight to preserve its broad surveillance powers.Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and socialist, asked army general Keith Alexander, the NSA’s outgoing director, if the NSA “has spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”.
    Sanders, in a letter dated 3 January, defined “spying” as “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”.
    The NSA collects the records of every phone call made and received inside the United States on an ongoing, daily basis, a revelation first published in the Guardian in June based on leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Until 2011, the NSA collected the email and internet records of all Americans as well.


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    Senator Sanders really putting the NSA in a political minefield!


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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    The NSA is a topic that has made strange bedfellows.
    The Libertarian Right and the Democratic Liberals.
    The narrow defeat of the Amash amendment portends things to come.

    After Snowden disclosed today the aspects of the computer we're working on,
    he is now the greatest traitor we've ever had .
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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Senator Sanders really putting the NSA in a political minefield! [/FONT][/COLOR]
    I agree. Either they are exempting politicians which is against what is technically making the NSA data collection legal at this point, or they are collecting data from Congress (bet Congress doesn't like that). Good move imo.
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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    The NSA is a topic that has made strange bedfellows.
    The Libertarian Right and the Democratic Liberals.
    The narrow defeat of the Amash amendment portends things to come.

    After Snowden disclosed today the aspects of the computer we're working on,
    he is now the greatest traitor we've ever had .
    If anyone is a traitor it is those in the NSA spying on Americans,those who authorized it and those who continue to authorize it.Not the guy who revealed that the NSA was wipping their ****ty asshole clean with the 4th amendment.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Then we shouldn't have spied on Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis by that reasoning.
    And exactly where was this faux outrage last administration with the Patriot act ?
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If anyone is a traitor it is those in the NSA spying on Americans,those who authorized it and those who continue to authorize it.Not the guy who revealed that the NSA was wipping their ****ty asshole clean with the 4th amendment.
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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    The NSA is a topic that has made strange bedfellows.
    The Libertarian Right and the Democratic Liberals.
    The narrow defeat of the Amash amendment portends things to come.

    After Snowden disclosed today the aspects of the computer we're working on,
    he is now the greatest traitor we've ever had .
    How do people think this way? Civil liberties mean little more to you then fuzzy little cotton balls?

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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Then we shouldn't have spied on Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis by that reasoning.
    Cuba is another country, not a US state.

    And exactly where was this faux outrage last administration with the Patriot act ?
    The Bush patriot act only spied on foreign calls and the Bush administration ceased the warrantless wiretapping program in January 2007.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    We call it the first amendment.
    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    How do people think this way? Civil liberties mean little more to you then fuzzy little cotton balls?
    And Snowden needs to be droned .
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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Then we shouldn't have spied on Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis by that reasoning.
    And exactly where was this faux outrage last administration with the Patriot act ?
    We're talking about the NSA spying on congress and US citizens!! See how that's different. And there was plenty of real outrage over the Patriot Act. In fact I'm still outraged that its things like it and Bush's warrantless (illegal) wiretapping that lead to these more onerous acts just as Sandra Day O'Conner had predicted.
    Last edited by Montecresto; 01-04-14 at 01:19 AM.

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    Re: Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Cuba is another country, not a US state.
    The Bush patriot act only spied on foreign calls and the Bush administration ceased the warrantless wiretapping program in January 2007.
    In summary, it is the ODS at it again .
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