Elizabeth Goitein, a Leftist from NYU, slams Nancy Pelosi for not doing enough to protect privacy rights in the San Francisco Chronicle.
As Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed, the CIA, FBI and NSA routinely search for Americans’ phone calls and emails.
Democrats like Pelosi simply look the other way. Why? They love the Police State as much as Republicans do.
The U.S. House of Representatives could soon vote to do something truly historic and deeply dangerous: authorize the warrantless surveillance of Americans. That’s unless Democratic leaders — starting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — speak out.
Don’t count on it.
The bill would reauthorize a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This powerful law allows the National Security Agency to collect emails and phone calls without a warrant or evidence of wrongdoing, but only if the target of surveillance is a foreigner overseas.
This surveillance inevitably sweeps in enormous amounts of Americans’ communications. The law requires the government to “minimize” the retention and sharing of such “incidentally” acquired data. Instead, as Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed, the CIA, FBI and NSA routinely search their collections for Americans’ phone calls and emails — a practice known as “backdoor searches.”
Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders have remained conspicuously silent on the faux-reform bills, even as Republicans such as Ted Poe of Texas have denounced them.
Their reticence is endangering their constituents’ rights. Congress passed this law to enable detection of foreign threats, not warrantless surveillance of Americans.