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‘The NSA Is Out of Control’: Legislative Momentum Expected After Ruling Against Data Collection

Carney, though, says Obama just got the internal review he asked for on intelligence gathering and will study "its more than 40 recommendations."

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Bridget Johnson

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December 16, 2013 - 6:17 pm
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Blumenthal said Congress should now act “by creating greater transparency and a special advocate whose client is the Constitution to advocate on behalf of Americans’ liberty and privacy.”

“When exposed to the sunlight of constitutional scrutiny, this massive secret surveillance program could not stand. An independent court, hearing both sides of the argument, has protected precious liberties and rights,” he said. “Congress must act to create a Special Advocate, which I’ve urged, so unconstitutional surveillance is stopped before privacy is invaded illegally – as it was here for a decade.”

At the White House, press secretary Jay Carney reiterated that President Obama asked for and just received a comprehensive review of the intelligence gathering system.

“What I can tell you is that on Friday, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology submitted its report to the president. The president is grateful to the group — that includes Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein, and Peter Swire — for devoting themselves to this effort over the past several months and providing thoughtful input for the administration to consider as we conclude the ongoing interagency review of signals intelligence collection being led by the White House,” Carney said.

He added that the report “draws on the group members’ considerable expertise and intelligence, counterterrorism, civil liberties law, and privacy matters, and on consultations with the U.S. government, privacy, and civil liberties advocates in the private sector.”

“Over the next several weeks, we will be reviewing the review group’s report and its more than 40 recommendations as we consider the path forward, including sorting through which recommendations we will implement, which might require further study, and which we will choose not to pursue,” Carney said. “We expect the overall internal review to be completed in January. After that, the president will deliver remarks to outline the outcomes of our work, and at that time we will make public the review group’s full report and other conclusions of our work.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), though, advocated “the strongest legislation possible to end the abuses by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.”

“In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner,” Sanders said. “Today’s ruling is an important first step toward reining in this agency but we must go further.”

In the lower chamber, an author of the original Patriot Act said the ruling underscored the need to pass his USA FREEDOM Act introduced with Leahy at the end of October, which along with stopping the data collection would allow businesses to release information about FISA requests.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-Wis.) bill currently has 115 cosponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate, as well as backing from AOL, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Mozilla and other tech companies.

“The slow trickle of revelations that began in June about NSA spying have exposed the most intrusive and secretive programs in American history. From the onset, I have been extremely critical of the government’s dragnet collection of Americans’ data,” Sensenbrenner said.

“I am encouraged by the district court’s ruling. It will add to the growing momentum behind the USA FREEDOM Act… the Executive Branch should join Congress to institute meaningful reform.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Happy for this decision, but mark my words...some other court will overturn it or the gov't will just ignore the decision.
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I've maintained for a very long time that although the government has shown the ability to collect the data they've not figured out how to 'put it all together' in a coherent manner - at least for now. The O'Care debut has shown their ineptness with computers. If you believe it wasn't supposed to happen the way that did. Get some IRS data and match it up to political 'enemies' - health care records thrown in for good effect and stand back and massage the data for patterns. Trace those patterns to individuals and those they collaborate with. What the hell do you think the IRS scandal was all about? Suppression! And it is still continuing to this day. Haven't heard much about it? You won't if O'Zero has his way - and so far he has.

When the government is able to match our on-line identities to our real-life identities to people we talk to then they'll really have something to work with.

Why do you think O'Zero can get away with targeting enemies - real Americans - and he points the finger at conservatives and tells his supporters 'they are the enemy'? Its all about conditioning.

Its 1936 Germany folks. I can't get more clearer than that! I'm just waiting for the news that the Reichstag is on fire.


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Obama and Reid better hurry up and stack the DC circuit with judges who hate the Constitution as much as they do and want dictatorship as much as the Marxist left does.

Then again, Obama/Reid/Pelosi don't care very much what the other two branches say...they have no interest in following any ruling, law, rule, regulation that gets in the way of their tyranny and treason.
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my buddy's sister makes $86 an hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $16465 just working on the internet for a few hours. check it out,,,,,,,,WWW.Works23.us
17 weeks ago
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As I try to get my kids to pay attention to what is going on around them I found a great tool- the Hunger Games movies!

Here is my post. Bottom line, they don't roll their eyes anymore when I point out the abuses. They can't get the NSA, but they can get the zero privacy and President Snow of Panem. If we are to seize the future, we need to capture the hearts of the next generation.


http://truthandcommonsense.com/2013/12/18/your-kids-the-next-generation-and-the-wonder-and-importance-of-the-hunger-games-movies/
17 weeks ago
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It is too late unless there is an even more restrictive law passed by congress.
Every electronic device can be tracked in real time by GPS, or just tracked by satellite and RF tags/chips. These items are not limited in the least. Shirts, toys, iPods, Walkmans, radios, speakers, lamps, label makers, guns, cars, damn near anything can have an RF chip.
Wal-Mart matches up your toy purchase to your Cr Card #, finds the toy resides in Ohio with other tags your nephew "Tommy" has in his bedroom.... and BOOM! Your Google and amazon accounts start displaying ads to you in Texas for toys for Tommy in Ohio.
Your "pattern of life" is already mapped out people. This stuff needs to be rolled back big time. This is not a conspiracy, it is a marketing agenda by big business - it has just gone too far.
Allegedly the US Government is not allowed to get all this info all together, but I bet the NSA can just take it at will. Google turns over the data, but NSA already has a sieve in the internet stream to syphon off what ever they want, or take it out of mid-air.
17 weeks ago
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My God. *Good* news? I am honestly, sincerely staggered.

Now. What about the metadata they collect on our Internet activity?
17 weeks ago
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momentum from which lawmakers exactly? There is a huge wing of the GOP that loves the surveillance state, and an equally huge wing of the Dems torn between not wanting to be painted as weak vs. terror and not wanting to reduce the power of this executive. Leaving the rest of us screwed.
17 weeks ago
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" There is a huge wing of the GOP that loves the surveillance state"
What "wing" is that?
There is a huge wing of dems too! There is a huge wing of America that still thinks the government is looking out for us - you know how that goes.

We all think surveilence is necessary since the government won't crack down on muslims. It is to what extent we want them to go that varies wildly in every political stripe. This is truly bi-partisan.
17 weeks ago
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This was all set up to "protect" America. Sounds reasonable to most on the face of it at first...until it becomes clear that given how many times this powerful apparatus fails, that it is merely set up and being used to suppress opposition to the most corrupt and lawless administration in U.S. history.

What we need most to protect America is not stealth bombers, drones, or supercomputers. Those things may be important, but are useless tools in a country that doesn't remember what the heck it is about. What we need most of all is to re-discover and BELIEVE in, and be willing to STAND UP FOR, what America has traditionally represented.

That is why, for example, despite his flaws as an individual, I admire someone like Glenn Beck so much. He devotes so much effort to getting this word out. Perhaps someday he'll get the respect he deserives.

Some of my Evangelical friends suspect Obama of being the Anti-Christ, but being Jewish myself, I don't hold with that concept. But if I did, I'd imagine that there'd have to be quite a problem in the HR department of Hell if that is the best they could do for an 'Anti-Christ'.

I coined my own term for Obama long ago: the "Anti-Patriot". He is the first-ever president who HATES America. That is the bottom line. One could go into a great deal of detail on this, but that is what it all comes down to. It explains all that he does. So, how did a person who hates his own country get to lead it? This has got to be an historically unprecedented phenomenon.

The immediate answer is our corrupt media, who deliberately obscured what he really was. But we should have seen through this anyway. Most of us in this forum clearly did, even though we were exposed to the same media as everyone else. Obama weasled his way under the radar because of a voting public who couldn't comprehend what Obama 'hated'...because they didn't even understand it themselves. A culturally/historically illiterate population was naturally completely blind to what Obama really was.

The media has to be reformed somehow. I don't know how, only that it needs to happen if there is to be any hope in the near term. Ultimately, we as a people have to re-discover and re-commit to what we are supposed to be as a country, the United States of America. If we don't do that, there is no hope for the long term, either.
17 weeks ago
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I turn 66 on Sunday, and have followed politics since my youth, Eisenhower was my 1st President to follow. Nevertheless, I've also studied history and I can say that there has never been a more corrupt and lawless administration than the Obama administration. This administration and its political party has turned America into a 3d world Leftist Dictatorship. This spying is far more dangerous than some people think. By their actions you can easily see the Democrats (Communists) trying to snuff out all political opposition and turn the country into one party rule, central command and control of everything. Total tyranny.
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I turn 55 in less than two weeks. Like you, I study and follow politics. Eisenhower was President when I was born. I remember the day John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. you are not kidding how corrupt and lawless our government is now. To call the Democrats Communist is 100% correct. The question is how do we get the government out of our schools, our homes, and our communities. Stay tuned my friend! The answer is coming and I guarantee it will make you smile. Thank you for being a true American. We may be older but we're not out of the game. God Bless You!
17 weeks ago
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Happy Birthday :)

I can't ever recall feeling this level of paranoia and negativity towards the national government. (national seems more accurate than federal to describe)
17 weeks ago
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An odd collection of bedfellows on this one, spanning the ideological spectrum.

Signs of intelligent life in the universe.

Some interference in his email seen by the attorney who brought the case.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/stunning-revelation-from-man-who-sued-nsa/
17 weeks ago
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That is the same article, different writer - what's up?
17 weeks ago
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"the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner" No the President is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner.
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They're BOTH operating in an unconstitutional manner.
17 weeks ago
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Happy for this decision, but mark my words...some other court will overturn it or the gov't will just ignore the decision.
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