Senators are questioning whether the National Security Agency collected bulk data on more than just Americans’ phone records, such as firearm and book purchases.
A bipartisan group of 26 senators, led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to detail the scope and limits of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities in a letter released Friday.
“We are concerned that by depending on secret interpretations of the PATRIOT Act that differed from an intuitive reading of the statute, this program essentially relied for years on a secret body of law,” the senators wrote in the letter.
The NSA’s surveillance program has come under intense scrutiny following a leak revealing the agency harvested the phone metadata of millions of American citizens.
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Wyden, as we know, has this way of asking questions that he already knows the answers to.
Maybe a back-door national gun registry will be one of the revelations we’ll hear from Edward Snowden. If he isn’t too busy appeasing the various anti-free-speech thugs whose help he needs to escape from us, that is.
I have given myself permission to be disgusted by both Snowden and the U.S. Government these days. There may not be that many good guys, but there are plenty of bad guys to go around.
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“You just worry that you’re going to see searches of the databases and an expansion for purposes that were not intended when the information was collected,” theorized Chris Calabrese, an American Civil Liberties Union privacy lobbyist.
Interestingly, those were concerns raised in April, two months ago, during the debate over the expansion of background checks for all commercial gun sales and the fear that the government would create a national gun registry.