NSA snooping revealed — barely is the tip of the iceberg

Feinstein and Rogers, two leading NSA flunkeys

Two US senators on the intelligence committee said on Friday that thousands of annual violations by the National Security Agency on its own restrictions were “the tip of the iceberg.”

“The executive branch has now confirmed that the rules, regulations and court-imposed standards for protecting the privacy of Americans’ have been violated thousands of times each year,” said senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, two leading critics of bulk surveillance, who responded Friday to a Washington Post story based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“We have previously said that the violations of these laws and rules were more serious than had been acknowledged, and we believe Americans should know that this confirmation is just the tip of a larger iceberg…”

“We believe the public deserves to know more about the violations of the secret court orders that have authorized the bulk collection of Americans’ phone and email records under the Patriot Act,” Wyden and Udall said.

“The public should also be told more about why the FISA court has said that the executive branch’s implementation of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has circumvented the spirit of the law, particularly since the executive branch has declined to address this concern…”

Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein – leading lights in the Democrat Party – did their best to offer cover-up blather defending the NSA. Mike Rogers, the Republican Congressman who performs the same function for Republican officialdom also wastes time and effort defending our nation’s least favorite snoops. I see no need to quote their crap. Corporate flunkies in news-as-entertainment will take care of that.

I offer praise for those elected officials like Wyden and Udall who have demonstrated courage for quite a while, now – willing to confront the most reactionary forces in Establishment politics. Unlike the pea-brained cowards who mostly infest Congress.

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