Congressmen: NSA Spying “Illegal”, Subject to Abuse Like the Star Chamber

Compare NSA Spying to the Inquisition

McClatchy reports:

[John] Conyers, the [House Intelligence] committee’s top Democrat, noted that the Fourth Amendment protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure. “You’ve already violated the law as far as I am concerned,” Conyers said [to the NSA executives].

The ire came from both parties. “The Star Chamber . . . in England started out . . . as very popular with the people. It allowed people to get justice that otherwise would not,” said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., referring to a court that was abolished by Parliament in 1641 over its abuses of power. “But it evolved over time into a powerful weapon for political retribution by the king.”

That is very true, indeed.

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  • Eric H.

    NSA spying is like trying to find a needle in a haystack by piling on all the hay in the world. Abuse is the only practical use it could have.

    The capture of Dzokar Tsarnaev is the perfect metaphor. Panicked politicians shred the constitution and clamp down on an entire city in order to catch a common criminal (alleged) who has been inflated to supervillain status by decades of propaganda; they only thing they find is that they can shred the constitution and get away with it. Then Tsarnaev is found by an ordinary person who noticed something out of the ordinary.

    And of course the spying did nothing to prevent the crime or catch the criminal (alleged).

    Until some way is found to prevent the tapping of electronic communications, tapping is something we’ll have to live with, whether it’s done by governments, corporations, or hackers. Of course we should demand that abuses are prevented or stopped. But I think we should also question whether the NSA programs are worth the enormous drain on time, money, and brainpower that they represent. No matter how much technology advances, people are always going to be the same.

  • gozounlimited

    NSA’s Produced Reality is an Illusion…… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF61lhEeGng

  • kerry

    saying it is illegal suggests that a simple permit could be issued and bam…. legal… Let’s be honest! It is wholly against the Law.

  • Matheus Grunt

    Their crimes will result in a war that many like myself will participate in so that we can get our country back. Whatever the cost is. If they believe they can break the law (which they clearly have), they will end up suffering for those rather stupid decisions as will others when people like me break down their doors and arrest them for acts of treason against the U.S. Constitution and the People.

  • deliaruhe

    How many more times do Americans have to learn from bitter experience that secrecy leads to abuse. Period.

  • deliaruhe

    How many more times do Americans have to learn from bitter experience that secrecy leads to abuse. Period.

  • deliaruhe

    How many more times do Americans have to learn from bitter experience that secrecy leads to abuse. Period.

  • deliaruhe

    How many more times do Americans have to learn from bitter experience that secrecy leads to abuse. Period.

  • Jan van Voren

    Just read the Fourth Amendment for yourself and decide whether NSA’s massive spying program is criminal.

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