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The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress
Washington Post ^ | 1/4/2014 | BRIAN FUNG

Posted on 01/04/2014 7:50:37 PM PST by markomalley

"Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other elected officials?"

That's the question Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put to the National Security Agency's chief in a bluntly worded letter Friday. It seems, however, that the agency cannot categorically say no.

Sanders didn't use the word "spy" lightly. He was careful to define his terms, indicating he meant the collection of phone records from personal as well as official telephones, "content from Web sites visited or e-mails sent," and data that companies collect but don't release to the public.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: 0homocare; 0homospy; berniesanders; clapperiscrap; gogetthembernie; impeachnow; nsa; nsacongress; nsascandals; nsaspying; vermont
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1 posted on 01/04/2014 7:50:37 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I’m sure they spied on them.

They just didn’t find any intelligence.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 7:53:19 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: markomalley

Well Yeah Bernie!


3 posted on 01/04/2014 7:53:20 PM PST by vette6387
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To: markomalley

How ‘bout Supreme Court Justices?


4 posted on 01/04/2014 7:55:01 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: markomalley

The best quote was “Members of congress are entitled to the same privacy protection as all Americans.”

HAHAHAAHHA. Welcome to the party Bernie.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 7:55:26 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: markomalley

“We wouldn’t want to leave you out, Bernie.”


6 posted on 01/04/2014 7:57:34 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: markomalley

Didn’t Trey Gowdy ask almost that exact same question?


7 posted on 01/04/2014 7:58:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley

Welcome to American Deception.

http://www.americandeception.com/index.php?page=usercat&catid=10


8 posted on 01/04/2014 8:00:43 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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>> The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

Good. The idiotic facilitators in Congress don’t deserve to know.

Now, when will Snowden release the devastating documents that show how the citizens have been betrayed by their so-called representatives that fund and create law enabling the alleged violations?


9 posted on 01/04/2014 8:03:23 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: markomalley
I know for a fact they're spying on Peter Florick.
10 posted on 01/04/2014 8:03:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: markomalley

Person of Interest tv show opening voice over first few lines...

“You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know, because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 8:07:34 PM PST by xp38
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To: markomalley

Good!


12 posted on 01/04/2014 8:10:19 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: markomalley

Of course they are spying on members of congress.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 8:12:16 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: maine yankee

LOL


14 posted on 01/04/2014 8:12:45 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Gene Eric
Good. The idiotic facilitators in Congress don’t deserve to know.

I think a lot of them do know. Some are benefiting from the info being collected, and some are probably being blackmailed with the info.

15 posted on 01/04/2014 8:16:53 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: markomalley



16 posted on 01/04/2014 8:21:59 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: markomalley

WARNING FOLKS....

Every single Republican candidate in 2014/2016 is going to have to assume that every phone call they make, their tax records, their medical history, every Email they send, everything they and their staffers access on the internet, and everywhere they are, at any given moment is being tracked, and made available to the Democrat opponent.

All of this, and an openly hostile mainstream media ready to pounce on the info, as well.

This going to be like campaigning in 1936 Nazi Germany. Are we really ready for it?


17 posted on 01/04/2014 8:30:58 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: markomalley

They don’t want to add perjury to the rest of their crimes.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 8:32:16 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: markomalley

Documentation File for the Impeachment of Speaker John “Doormat” Boehner for refusing to appoint a Special Prosecutor for the NSA Scandal.

_________________

Impeachment File for “B. Hussein Obama,”aka Barry Soetoro, a legal, registered, citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 8:35:26 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: markomalley
Spying on Congress? Kind of like putting a skylight on a septic tank.
20 posted on 01/04/2014 8:36:27 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: markomalley

How about this question.... Has the NSA ever spied on political opponents of elected officials and then given that information to that elected official for political use?


21 posted on 01/04/2014 8:43:41 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: MeshugeMikey

22 posted on 01/04/2014 8:52:45 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: markomalley

Sanders doesn’t have a problem with them spying on us. But as with any socialist, he just feels that he should be exempt from it.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 9:02:49 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: markomalley

Obama unchained. I know, I know.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 9:06:13 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: maine yankee

Very funny.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 9:07:33 PM PST by tbw2
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To: jsanders2001

There were theories after the Affordable Care Act, about how Roberts could write the “against” majority opinion before writing the “for” majority opinion. There were suspicions of blackmail.
Then Snowden’s leaks came out.
Now it looks much more likely that the administration had dirt on Roberts and forced him to change his vote.

And since they are monitoring everyone, Congress is most certainly monitored.

The feds already interfered in the 2012 elections by denying non-profit status to many Tea Party groups and auditing critics of the administration. No one should think that the feds aren’t building up dossiers on every official to either force them to change a decision or keep them in line.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 9:12:41 PM PST by tbw2
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To: tbw2

as that great scholar.. philosopher and theologian Maxine Waters once said....Obama got this thing where he knows everything about EVERYbody.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 9:18:55 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: xp38

NSA thinks it’s God.

God Knows Better. He knows how all the pieces fit together.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 9:38:12 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: tcrlaf

What ever it take. And the same after the election.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 9:39:17 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Graewoulf

“Tollbooth Boehner”

Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians of 2013

Speaker of the House John Boehner is selected for what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy,” explaining, “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge.

The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.” Schweizer reported that Boehner apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/02/Judicial-Watch-s-Ten-Most-Wanted-Corrupt-Politicians-for-2013


30 posted on 01/04/2014 9:41:20 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey

Who is the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee?


31 posted on 01/04/2014 9:46:10 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: tbw2

> No one should think that the feds aren’t building up dossiers on every official to either force them to change a decision or keep them in line.

NSA probably haas massive dossiers on everyone including those smug, over-confident, “above the law” kind. When someone has finally had enough, it will be up for sale to the highest bidder


32 posted on 01/04/2014 9:46:53 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Gene Eric

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.

The US House of Representatives is analogous to a Police Force - - - their main job of Check and Balance is to “arrest” the perp by Impeaching the perp.

The US Senate is analogous to a Jury of Peers who have the power to throw the Impeached perp off of the taxpayer gravy train, take away his residence, ban him from building a Library paid for by us, and ban him from using his personal Corporate Jet, Air Force One.

Most RINO Americans want to wait, Wait, WAIT! until they control the House, the Senate and the White House.

To those weak-kneeded summer soldier “patriots” I say “Enjoy the Obamanation that you have tolerated since January, 2009.”

In similar manner, we Summer Soldier Conservatives continue to tolerate a wimpy, hand-wringing, sobbing, crybaby Speaker of the House Boehner as our sorry chief policeman.

“Oh, if only my best friends across the aisle would just play nicey nice - - - “ is the perfect quote that fire-in-the-belly Socialist-Democrats love to hear from their doormat, cowardly, Obamacrat RINOs.

Yes indeed, as long as we WAIT for things to be PERFECT we will never attack those whose goal is to destroy the US Constitution.

Suck it up you sorry House RINOs, and replace John “Benghazi Coverup” Boehner with SC Rep Trey Gowdey, or SC Rep Joe Wilson.

Without a fire-in-the-belly Republican Speaker of the House, Obamacrat RINOs will continue to cave in to “their best friends across the aisle,” to the unbridled glee of every Democrat voter in America!

House RINOs: Pretend that you are paid by taxpayers to fight to enforce the US Constitution.

Fight or go home, House RINOs.

FIGHT or we will send you home!

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 9:48:22 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Walkingfeather

> How about this question.... Has the NSA ever spied on political opponents of elected officials and then given that information to that elected official for political use?

If so, you could probably cull at least 6 or 7 charges out of that but you’d have to get rid of the number 1 obstacle first - Holder.


34 posted on 01/04/2014 9:51:33 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: markomalley

This and this alone should be enough for the US Congress to ELIMINATE the NSA lock, stock and barrel. These arrogant unelected drones presume to spy on their alleged bosses, and the bosses’ elected representatives to boot?

Fire everyone in the agency, and seal the doors. The CIA and FBI can go back to doing what they were supposed to do.

And let it be a warning to the remainder of the alphabet agencies that their existence depends on the permission of THE PEOPLE.


35 posted on 01/04/2014 10:31:24 PM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: tbw2

Probably Roberts was appointed to that position precisely because he has dirt. The adoption is beyond bizarre.

In a bind, our rulers do want to be able to pull the strings.


36 posted on 01/04/2014 11:09:53 PM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: tcrlaf
Every governmental agency is or potentially is, ready to serve the political goals of El Presidente. As you point out, the GOP campaign apparatus has been fatally compromised.

The rats have instituted too many schemes, there are too many crimes committed to risk the possibility of discovery by a new administration.

Meanwhile, most Freepers think national elections alone can lead to restoration of our freedoms.

37 posted on 01/05/2014 1:55:10 AM PST by Jacquerie (Watch Mark Levin today! Sunday at noon on C-Span In-Depth.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

An effective desire to avoid perjury would make them a cut above most politicians.


38 posted on 01/05/2014 4:47:07 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Georgia Girl 2
They don’t want to add perjury to the rest of their crimes.

Too late.

39 posted on 01/05/2014 4:54:24 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: xp38

To think I thought that show was 10 or 20 years ahead of its time. Geez


40 posted on 01/05/2014 5:17:30 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: jsanders2001

Paging John Roberts!


41 posted on 01/05/2014 6:12:19 AM PST by FES0844
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To: maine yankee

42 posted on 01/05/2014 6:21:23 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: markomalley

I’d bet Obama’s bank account they have a file two feet thick on every republican in Congress and one an inch think on Joe Biden. This is the forming of the One World Government. The more info it has, the more it can attack. America has a free and independent nation is gone. You don’t think so, just sit down and think about all you can no longer do that you once could do. Think about all you have lost. All the freedoms gone. Everything you now pay for that once the guy getting it paid for. Think about what America once stood for. Now we stand for free drugs, free abortions, sit on your ass for free stuff, people voting in our elections that are not even citizens, yada yada yada. It goes on and on. Nope. The America that I have lived in for over 60+ years is long, long gone. We are now in the dark empire of the left and Satan.


43 posted on 01/05/2014 6:32:23 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: markomalley

Incredible. Utterly unacceptable on every level.


44 posted on 01/05/2014 7:01:28 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Don W
This and this alone should be enough for the US Congress to ELIMINATE the NSA lock, stock and barrel.

....and every single employee of the agency blacklisted from working for government (Federal, State or Local), and ANY job related even tangentially to Information Technology, and ANY job involving Personally Identifying Information.

The employees knew damned well what they were signing on to.

45 posted on 01/05/2014 7:04:59 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: markomalley

The Republic has be Caesarianed by the regime. One can only hope that a similar fate befalls this new islamofascist Caesar when he next visits the Senate.

Et Tu Bernie?


46 posted on 01/05/2014 7:20:53 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Lazamataz

“Incredible. Utterly unacceptable on every level.”

Absolutely. I would also like to know if the spying was focused on those of a particular party or political ideology. Those that control the information at the NSA could use that information to coerce / blackmail their way to their own legislative agenda, and essentially to act as a shadow government.


47 posted on 01/05/2014 7:35:00 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: tcrlaf
This going to be like campaigning in 1936 Nazi Germany. Are we really ready for it?

Only if the outcome is killing the opponents.

48 posted on 01/05/2014 7:48:22 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: markomalley
I never thought I'd say it, but three cheers for Bernie Sanders. His letter was bound to embarrass the NSA. And when the NSA looks bad, the president looks bad.

Here, for once, Sanders has put country over party.

49 posted on 01/05/2014 8:10:08 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right
Here, for once, Sanders has put country over party.

More like Bernie is outraged that a Marxist senator would be spied upon by a Marxist regime that he has backed on all counts. He will only put country over party, when his goal of 1 leftist party is achieved.

50 posted on 01/05/2014 8:30:57 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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