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Spending bill takes first swipe at NSA over domestic spying

January 14, 2014

Photo by:  J. Scott Applewhite

** FILE ** Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)


Another Congressional Dog And Pony Show?

Congress could and should have acted long ago against the NSA. It’s no coincidence that Congress is acting now considering 2014 is an election year. Our toothless Congress is no doubt putting on a show to make it appear that they’re making an effort to take a bite out of NSA crime. However it’s all a façade,  in all actuality they’re gumming the issue to it’s perceived dead end. At least until Congressional Reps trend upward in the polls, then on to new “important” upwardly trending topics. The Constitution being the law of the land, even the existence of the NSA is criminal, let alone spying on the American people through a multitude of means. Even if Congress calls into predetermined question the various activities of the NSA, it all continues to remain a Dog and Pony Show. Nothing will come of the simulated efforts put on by Congress.

Divine Freedom


Tucked inside the massive new government spending bill are several demands  from Congress that the National  Security Agency finally report to Congress on the details of its snooping programs, including the number of telephone  records collected and the number actually viewed by NSA employees.

The 1,532-page bill, which funds the government for fiscal year 2014, also  demands the NSA report on all of  its other bulk data collection programs, which could expose some of the email  tracking programs the government has reportedly run.

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Together, they mark the first major swipes Congress will have taken against the NSA since the secretive agency’s  snooping programs were revealed by former government contractor Edward  Snowden.

The bill doesn’t contain any restrictions on the NSA,  but rather requires the agency to detail its activities. Those details have been coming out in bits and pieces,  prompted by Mr. Snowden’s leaks.

The new spending bill, which House and Senate negotiators finalized Monday  night and which is expected to pass Congress this week, requires the NSA to  describe the terrorist plots it believes have been disrupted through its  telephone snooping program.

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CREDIT TO:  The Washington Times / Stephen Dinan

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