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07-20-2015, 09:35 AM
The Making of a Republican Snowdenista

Jenna McLaughlin
July 19 2015, 10:23 a.m.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., hands me a copy of a letter from James Clapper in which the director of national intelligence complains to two members of the House Intelligence Committee about Massie’s recent attempts to reform one of the NSA’s massive surveillance programs.

On the top right, in curly script, Massie has written his response: “Get a warrant.” It’s in red ink. He’s underlined it.

“If you assume the worst” about the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, Massie tells me, “it’s not a bad position to take, given what we’ve found out.”

Indeed, for Massie, as with so many others, the information NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave journalists two years ago about the extraordinary sweep of U.S surveillance programs was a huge eye-opener.

Prior to the Snowden revelations, Massie says, he knew almost nothing about the NSA’s implementation of the tools Congress gave it to protect national security.

When he tried to find out more, in secret briefings and from his friends on the Intelligence Committee, he learned things he isn’t allowed to share. He tells me he is sure that there is more he doesn’t know — because it’s hard to know what to ask. “It’s ’20 questions’ — you don’t know what questions to ask,” he says. “There are concentric rings of knowledge” when it comes to surveillance. “I am on the outer ring.”


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07-20-2015, 09:52 AM
Awesome. Thomas is not one of the best right now, he's THE best right now.

07-20-2015, 09:56 AM
Awesome. Thomas is not one of the best right now, he's THE best right now.



07-20-2015, 12:04 PM
Great work by Thomas!

As far as the title of the article, "Snowdenista" is probably too controversial. How about Jeffersonian instead?