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In our view, the bulk collection and aggregation of Americans' phone records has a significant
impact on Americans' privacy that exceeds the issues considered by the Supreme Court in Smith
v. Maryland. That decision was based on the technology of the rotary--dial era and did not
address the type of ongoing, broad surveillance of phone records that the government is now
conducting. These records can reveal personal relationships, family medical issues, political and
religious affiliations, and a variety of other private personal information.
To ensure that an informed discussion on PATRIOT Act authorities can take place, we ask that you direct the Intelligence Community to provide unclassified answers to the following questions:
- How long has the NSA used PATRIOT Act authorities to engage in bulk collection of Americans' records? Was this collection underway when the law was reauthorized in 2006?
- Has the NSA used USA PATRIOT Act authorities to conduct bulk collection of any other types of records pertaining to Americans, beyond phone records'?
- Has the NSA collected or made any plans to collect Americans' cell--site location data in bulk'?
Originally posted by xuenchen
Demanding James Clapper give 'answers' is like demanding a hen house egg inventory from a fox !!
Does anyone REALLY think those Senators will get genuine responses ?
I think the 'letter' is just another "puppy petting" exercise.
The entire NSA scandal as well as the IRS scandal is mired by mostly lies from officials.
In fact, the whole current state of government is mired by lies from officials.
The mostly Democrats and the few Republicans who signed this are scurrying for position and preparing for the 2014 elections.
I wonder how much taxpayer money was spent to "research" and "write" the letter.
Lots of lawyers involved you know.
Originally posted by Mnemicrsl
reply to post by tridentblue
I didn't see any from California on your list. Frickin figures. Greedy lazy ass politicians.
Originally posted by nosacrificenofreedom
reply to post by Archie
if You people really think these senators care then I should have called you sheeple!edit on 30-6-2013 by nosacrificenofreedom because: