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June 6, 2013 - 8:29 am
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called the revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers “an astounding assault on the Constitution.”

The Guardian obtained a leaked top secret court order issued in April requiring the communications company to turn over records on an “ongoing, daily basis,” revealing “for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” wrote Glenn Greenwald.

“The National Security Agency’s seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon’s phone customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution. After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters’ phone records, it would appear that this administration has now sunk to a new low,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said this morning.

Paul noted that his amendment with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would attach Fourth Amendment protections to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last year was defeated, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying that FISA was “necessary to protect us from the evil in this world.”

“The Bill of Rights was designed to protect us from evil, too, particularly that which always correlates with concentrated government power, and particularly Executive power,” Paul said. “If the president and Congress would obey the Fourth Amendment we all swore to uphold, this new shocking revelation that the government is now spying on citizens’ phone data en masse would never have happened.”

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Fox this morning Americans “should be concerned about terrorists trying to infiltrate our country and attack us, and trying to coordinate activities from overseas with — inside the country.”

“Under the FISA law you just can’t track people’s phone calls. You’ve got to have a reasonable belief that the people you’re monitoring in terms of monitoring conversations are one of the persons is involved in terrorism,” he said.

“So you’re trying to data mine and find out, you know these numbers that we know are in the hands of bad guys, whoever they’re calling. And then once you find a match, you can — you can monitor. But you just can’t monitor people’s phone calls.”

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"I know you’re not. I’m know I’m not so we don’t have anything to worry about.”

Really? They have the info. You honestly believe that information might not get abused, even in light of what the IRS has done? They share records with your political enemies. They leak secrets to make themselves look good. They have leaked sealed court records. They violate the law regularly, and you trust them with your phone calls?

Make it easy for me, Senator: How stupid AREN'T you?
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Not to worry; the IRS is overseeing this operation.
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Has it ever occurred to these morons that we really wouldn't have to be all that concerned about terrorists inside our country if some minimal efforts were made to secure our borders and keep the scum out? This would include shutting down immigration from most of the Third World and preventing Muslims from anywhere to reside in this country without very compelling reasons for letting them do so (and going to schools here is not a compelling reason).

Our enlightened "Progressive" leaders have no problems letting foreigners into the country. And when this results in death and destruction the answer which the Golden and Wise have is for the American citizens to pay the price by giving up their money, rights, and privacy.

It would be nice to have a government who put its own citizens first. We haven't had one of those in a very long time.
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I don't have a problem with analyzing phone records to try to find patterns suggesting "terrorist" activities. What I have a problem with is the government defining what constitutes "terrorist" activities. If recent history is any guide, the government thinks a "terrorist" is anyone who votes Republican, or supports the Constitution.
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So now we see why people objected to all these "harmless" little pieces of legislation over the years. When we finally get a group of people in power who think nothing of abusing them on a large scale, we're all powerless. People scoffed and said our government would never, ever do those things; well, now they are.

Maybe the next time people give a principled objection to this or that piece of legislation because government could abuse it to infringe on our rights and freedoms, people will be less quick to scoff.

And I hope there is a class action suit in the works from Verizon customers.
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“So you’re trying to data mine and find out, you know these numbers that we know are in the hands of bad guys, whoever they’re calling. And then once you find a match, you can — you can monitor. But you just can’t monitor people’s phone calls.”

Senator Graham, that would be all peachy if I trusted the bunch of crooked bastards in this administration. I don't, and you shouldn't either.
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Well, this is all scary and everything, but you know what? It's been going on for years. Why is it suddenly a great, terrifying revelation? Because people are trying to keep the heat on Obama? I get really suspicious when things that nobody cared about a few years ago are now suddenly supposed to be cause for outrage.

AP reporters escorted through a government building by security guards? SOP. Government managers having multiple email addresses? SOP. NSA phone traffic sweeps? SOP. To anyone who hasn't been living in a hole since 9/11, all these "revelations" are old news.

The Obama administration has enough to answer for without obscuring its real malfeasance with these petty non-outrages.
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Considering Obama himself spoke out about just this kind of thing ... Well, it does look pretty bad to find out they continued it if it was going on for years prior to their watch.
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>Well, this is all scary and everything, but you know what? It's been going on for years. Why is it suddenly a great, terrifying revelation?<

It's pretty hard to get outraged about something you aren't aware of. You say it's been going on for years, OK, maybe it has, but no one had the details and, no one was aware of the scale of the surveillance; now they are and it shows that the Obama regime, despite all his promises, is far worse than any previous government.
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"a charter of negative liberties" Dear Liar does not believe in our Constitution or the entire theory of Natural Rights.
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"I know you’re not. I’m know I’m not so we don’t have anything to worry about.”

Really? They have the info. You honestly believe that information might not get abused, even in light of what the IRS has done? They share records with your political enemies. They leak secrets to make themselves look good. They have leaked sealed court records. They violate the law regularly, and you trust them with your phone calls?

Make it easy for me, Senator: How stupid AREN'T you?
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The Graham Cracker crumbles. His positions must come from a Ouija Board. They seem disconnected and moronically random
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Not to worry; the IRS is overseeing this operation.
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