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Congress Seeks Oversight

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posted on Jan, 16 2007 @ 10:31 AM
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Will Congress take on the police state? Congress may soon be voting on a bill that would force disclosure of government data mining of US citizens. Under Republican control congress was unable to pass such legislation. Does this signal a new direction in oversight? Is congress seeking to do its job or is it interfering in the domain of the unitary executive?
 



infowars.com
If passed into law the bill would represent a policy change from the more secretive Republican Congress, led by President George W Bush's lead on surveillance. The Bush administration recently admitted that it broke privacy laws in its airline passenger data mining programme.



The announcement of the bill's revival came in the same week that the new chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy, devoted the committee's first hearing of the new year to the issue of how to check the executive's snooping powers.


Leahy said that the government's terrorist watch list contained the names of more than 300,000 people, including those of some members of Congress. He said that 52 federal agencies use data mining, and that there are 199 data mining programes planned or in operation. The NSA, he said, refused to disclose any of its data mining activities.



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Could this bring a showdown over the surveillance state? At long last congress is attempting to reclaim oversight over the executive branch. This oversight was sorely lacking under the Republican congress. Will this lead to more questioning of the administrations actions? Will it be in time to stop the future rashness of an administration bent on self-destruction. Can it slow the ratcheting up of the rhetoric on Iran?

Perhaps it's too little too late but it is a start. All ready the Bush disinfo machine is going into action. It is long overdo that congress assert its constitutional duty of checks and balances but there is no reason to think that the administration has any intention of going softly into that dark night. Expect them to 'Rage' on.

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posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 12:58 PM
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i just think it just a play for the public. they do this just to keep people from asking to many questions about what the government are really doing.

in the real world the government can do what ever it wants to people, full stop. ask yourself why do hundreds of thousands of people work for intelligence services in the usa if you are a free country.



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:03 PM
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As I understand it, this is the sign of possibly better things to come. But is screams Partisan Politics, and that is gonna get worse.

I am so not qualified to comment, though, IMO.

C



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:09 PM
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...All ready the Bush disinfo machine is going into action. It is long overdo that congress assert its constitutional duty of checks and balances but there is no reason to think that the administration has any intention of going softly into that dark night. Expect them to 'Rage' on.




Great find, great paragraph.




posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:13 PM
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Will Congress take on the police state?

No, they pushed it further with HR1.




Congress may soon be voting on a bill that would force disclosure of government data mining of US citizens.

Oooo. Bush may veto it.




Will this lead to more questioning of the administrations actions?

Yeah? So why don't they impeach Bush, stop the Iraq war, don't do everything they can to stop the Iran war? Why don't they reverse Patriot act? Military Comission Act? Defense Authorization Act? Wiretapping? Close Guantanamo? Voted HR1? Stop the electronical voting machine? Close Halliburton? Close the concentration camps? Stop the american union? Try to pass legalisation of illegal immigrants?

RON PAUL FOR 2008.



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:15 PM
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Aren't democrats supposed to be for big government, everythings blurred these days, so one party just seems like the other.

[edit on 18-1-2007 by andy1033]



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:17 PM
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Bush is allowing people into the borders and from other country's to freely make it into the United States. They're plan is to create a scenario where a suspected terrorist takes a flight and actively create a plot in real time that they can execute and blame on terrorists. That's my take on it



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:46 PM
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Vitchilo, I couldn't agree more but I hope for the best. It looks like Bush et.al. are preparing to go it alone. More signing statements and messages tyo butt out. Congress needs to grow a pair otherwise the will be coopted. If there isn't clear change within the next 2 years God help us all.



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