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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Reactions over NSA spying split on Capitol Hill

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

Revelations of widespread spying on Americans by the U.S. government is bringing denouncement from some members of Congress and support from others.

Differences on whether the program is legal or constitutional cross party lines.  Even those controlled by the tea party can’t agree on whether or not the program is justified.

Michigan Republican Justin Amash of Michegan wants the program by the National Security Agency shut down.  Florida Republican Lindsey Graham supports the spying.

Graham is siding with liberal California Democrat Dianne Feinstein.  Amash finds himself in bed with Rand Paul, the bombastic GOP Senator from Kentucky.

Amash says the libertarian streak that exists in the GOP is surfacing, calling it a “natural evolution within the Republican Party.”

Paul, a tea party favorite who is threatening to run for President in 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the NSA program.

Sources close to the Kentucky Senator says he sees the spying issue as a populist cause that can aid that candidacy.

“The Senator knows how to seize on political opportunity,” says one aide.

Kentucky political operative Franklin Gibbons tells Capitol Hill Blue that Paul is already using the issue to raise money from contributors.

“Like his father (former Texas Congressman and thrive failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul), the Senator knows how to raise money with political rhetoric,” Gibbons says.

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2 thoughts on “Reactions over NSA spying split on Capitol Hill”

  1. Methinkts their “support” (or lack of it) for continued NSA spying on Americans has far more to do with how many defense contractors are in their districts (and how much those defense contractors contributed to their election campaigns) rather than on their views toward the 4th amendment to our Constitution.

    Clearly, a strong defense contractor presence in their districts (and/or campaign cash garnered therefrom) will ALWAYS trump ideology, hands down.

    I’ve often said that the average Congressperson’s idea of “government waste” was a dollar spent in someone else’s district.

    And, with this latest scandal, it has become ever more obvious we most certainly have the best Congress that (defense contractor) money can buy.

  2. Snowden blew the whistle on a direct and egregious violation of the Fourth Amendment whether “approved” by the vermin in Congress or not. Too bad there wasn’t a whistleblower like him around after the Wannsee Conference to give some warning about the Nazis’ “Final Solution”. Might have saved many lives.

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