Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “We Get More [Info on NSA Spying] In The Newspapers Than In Classified Briefings”

NSA is a Rogue Agency

Patrick Leahy – the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and member of the Subcommittees on Defense and Homeland Security for the Appropriations Committee – has top secret clearance.

Leahy said today:

We sometimes find we get far more in the newspapers — we get crossword puzzles as well — we get more in the newspapers than in classified briefings.

As we’ve repeatedly noted, most Congress members had no idea what the NSA is doing. Even staunch defenders of the NSA – and congress members on the intelligence oversight committees – now say they’ve been kept in the dark.

Likewise, a Federal judge who was on the secret spying court for 3 years says that it’s a kangaroo court.  Even the current judges on the secret spying court now admit that they’re out of the loop and powerless to exercise real oversight.  When these judges raised concerns about NSA spying, the Justice Department completely ignored them.

In short, there is no real oversight by Congress, the courts, or the executive branch of government. And see this and this.

While leaker Edward Snowden is treated as a traitor by the fatcats and elites, he is considered a hero by the American public.  Members of all 3 branches of government – Executive, Legislative and Judicial – have praised the debate on spying which Snowden’s leaks started.

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  • Tonto

    NSA is a rogue agency? This administration has taken the government and turned the entirety of it into a rogue government. They don’t care about the Constitution. They don’t care that money printing is theft from every American. They don’t care that ObamaCare is going to steal our privacy, destroy the health care system, and make our crumbling economy even worse.

    Rogue is in vogue. Keep the country shut down until Obama is gone!

    • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

      Yes, keep the government shut down going.

      ObamaCare today was about opening the health care “exchanges”, where the uninsured folks are supposed to go to sign up to pay their dues to the insurance companies.

      Come December 2014, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE INSURED will start seeing their health insurance rates skyrocket, in most cases more than doubling. That’s how this thing is being shoved down our throats.

      And thus ObamaCare was designed to pit the “rich” against the “poor”. In other words, if you’re working your ass off in a low paying job because it offers some meager health benefits then YOU are considered rich, under ObamaCare.

      Most people pay for their own health insurance through payroll deductions. Those payroll deductions are already scheduled to start absorbing a much larger share of your take-home pay. The amount you are going to pay, is being kept under wraps, because no one in government or the insurance industry wants you to know how much you are going to be fleeced under ObamaCare. (Your costs are going to more than double!)

      Keep the government shutdown going. Maybe ObamaCare currently cannot be repealed. (This would require a veto-proof majority.) And maybe Obama cannot currently be impeached. But keeping the government shut down going will have the same effect.

      Keep the government shutdown going until Obama is gone.

      • Tonto

        Yup, and lucky you! Now suddenly your payroll deductions for your health insurance plan are also, taxable income. This means you will get whacked for the social security tax on the money you’re paying through payroll deductions for your health insurance coverage.

        And don’t forget the deductible that prevents almost everyone from ever going to see a doctor in the first place, unless of course you’re on welfare…. And then, you never see a medical bill no matter how many times you drop into the emergency room for a check-up or to have another gravy-baby.

        Well, heck! We don’t want the poor people to go without!

        I haven’t seen a doctor in over thirty years. I’ll fully plan on dying without ever going to see a doctor ever again. I honestly blame the doctors for much of the problems in this country. In the end, it’s all about your health. And going to the doctor does absolutely nothing to improve your health. Your health is a personal lifestyle choice.

        And yes, ObamaCare is about paying for all those people who have never taken care of their health. You know, the one’s you see smoking outside the hospital wards. We don’t want those people to go without!

        Tell me again how it’s all my fault for being responsible for myself!

        • Howard Treesong

          “Your health is a personal lifestyle choice”. I don’t think you entirely get how disease and trauma works.

          • Tonto

            I don’t think you get how modern medicine works. Health isn’t about disease and trauma. Health is about keeping fit so a body has the stamina to withstand a lifetime of intermittent disease and trauma.

            Those who rely on a doctor for their health, are mere fools who have succumbed to nothing less than television marketing. Turn of the TV, Howard.

    • amerikagulag

      Obamacare. Pffft! OBAMA DON’T CARE!

    • drdebdrdeb

      Heck yeah and pray America Pray! We will NOT be taken down by an illegal member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was not even legitimately re-elected as pRESIDENT. Get this illegal filth out of our house!