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tsai3904
06-19-2015, 02:40 PM
Surveillance Reform: The Congressional-Intelligence Complex Strikes Back

06/19/2015

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) clearly hates being on the end of a losing vote. He is now working overtime to reverse his most recent policy and legislative loss.

The House recently approved a vitally important amendment to the DoD appropriations bill that would protect Americans' civil liberties from an encroaching surveillance state. Introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), it would bar warrantless searches of the stored communications of Americans collected under the FISA Amendment Act. It would also bar the use of taxpayer funds to compel companies to build products with compromised encryption to make NSA surveillance easier. Those same electronic "back doors" could also be exploited by foreign intelligence services and malicious hackers.

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Last week, Nunes and 11 of his House Intelligence Committee colleagues sent a letter to every House member who voted for the Massie-Lofgren amendment, asking them to publicly renounce their vote for it. In doing so, Nunes cited comments made by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a June 12 letter to the committee.

In the letter, Clapper claims that if implemented the Massie-Lofgren amendment's database search ban on American's data would "...seriously impair the [Intelligence Community's] ability to discover and analyze threats." Except it wouldn't. It would simply mean that if the government wanted to get information on a U.S. citizen who it believes is in contact with a known or potential terrorist, they would have to get a court order. Exactly as the Constitution intended.

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More:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-g-eddington/surveillance-reform-the-congressional-intelligence-complex-strikes-back_b_7622678.html

Rep. Nunes' letter asking those who voted for the Massie amendment to recant their vote:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/269070676/Nunes-Clapper-Letter-Re-Massie-Lofgren-June-2015


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I'd like to ask you to read the enclosed letters, reconsider your vote on the amendment, and consider publicly stating your opposition to depriving the Intelligence Community of an important tool for tracking terrorists.

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Brian4Liberty
06-19-2015, 03:49 PM
Devin Nunes (R-CA) is scum.

Kotin
06-19-2015, 03:55 PM
Nobody should care about or acknowledge what James clapper says until he is in a jail cell for lying to congress about an illegal, unconstitutional program to spy on every American citizen.

phill4paul
06-19-2015, 04:03 PM
Nobody should care about or acknowledge what James clapper says until he is in a jail cell for lying to congress about an illegal, unconstitutional program to spy on every American citizen.

James Clapper is one of The Unaccountable.

Dianne
06-20-2015, 04:46 PM
I want Clapper to apologize for lying before Congress and the American people. His ass should be underneath the jail, not giving others advice on ethics.

georgiaboy
06-20-2015, 05:17 PM
Boo hoo.
Even if some publicly recant, it doesn't change the vote. Amendment passed.