U.S. Congressman and Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner has an email form HERE if you’d like to mock him for writing the Patriot Act and then attempting to pass full blame for its sins onto Holder today.
Wisconsin’s Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding a court order the FBI placed, in secret, to access phone records of every phone call placed by a Verizon customer.
News of the collection of Verizon phone records has journalists aflutter today after publication of a story in The Guardian by Glenn Greenwald entitled “NSA Collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily”
From Sensenbrenner’s web site:
“As the author of the Patriot Act, I am extremely troubled by the FBI’s interpretation of this legislation. While I believe the Patriot Act appropriately balanced national security concerns and civil rights, I have always worried about potential abuses. The Bureau’s broad application for phone records was made under the so-called business records provision of the Act. I do not believe the broadly drafted FISA order is consistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act. Seizing phone records of millions of innocent people is excessive and un-American.”
You can read the full letter to Holder HERE.
I have to admit I thought this kind of records collection was old news. Didn’t everybody see NSA whistle blower William Binney on Democracy Now telling us that NSA was building that Utah spy center to store all forms of communication – like emails, phonecalls, google data, etc. ?
Even though Binney’s story was also shared by The New York Times it must not have been the sort of proof that gets any great amount of dust kicked up.
Or is this now going to be a big deal only because it’ll be played as a partisan story against the Obama administration?
Video of NSA’s Director Lying
Here’s NSA Director Alexander lying to Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia regarding collection of civilian records.
This dates from March 20, 2012.
“Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) questioned NSA director and CYBERCOM commander General Keith Alexander regarding reports that the NSA is intercepting U.S. citizens’ phone calls and e-mails.”
To keep up on this story as it develops, you can click this link to get to NSA’s appearance in Topsy, a search engine of twitter.