Despite Obama’s Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp
This shouldn't surprise anyone:
In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court on Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.After all, we know that presidents lie. Pathological deception is the number one skill set for the position. So Obama the "peacenik" can assume war-making powers that would've made Johnson, Nixon, and even W the Conqueror green with envy. So it's no big deal that Obama the constitutional scholar and leftist community organizer would expand citizen surveillance. And no one who reads this blog should be surprised that one agency of the central government would okay the acts of another federal agency. The notion that voters have the final word, or that their elected representatives are answerable to the people are just illusions. It's all part of herding the people into the D.C. corral.