Top Democrats reject court ruling over NSA spying on Americans

Top Democrats pushed back Tuesday against a federal judge’s ruling that the NSA’s phone-records collection program violates privacy rights, asking for higher courts to quickly get involved and bring legal certainty to the murky world of intelligence gathering.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Judge Richard J. Leon’s decision, released Monday, contradicts a secret intelligence court that has upheld the National Security Agency’s phone program 35 times, and contradicts a federal court in California that said the program doesn’t infringe on privacy.

“There are differing opinions now. That’s the state of play. And the assumption is that it’s going to be appealed and the Supreme Court will eventually make a decision, which is really the appropriate thing,” Mrs. Feinstein said.

But she also said part of the problem is that the administration has been operating the programs on the basis of secret legal memos that it refuses to turn over to Congress, making it difficult for even the lawmakers specifically cleared to oversee the intelligence community to know what is occurring.

Indeed, lack of transparency has become a major issue in the debate over surveillance techniques.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • frankenbiker says:

    What would you expect that c.nt Feinstein to say? She’s a socialist that doesn’t believe in the Constitution anyway. Same with all those other demoncraps. Time will come when they’ll be cowering under their beds from fear of repercussions of their actions.

  • Busdriver Bill says:

    It might be interesting to be able to read all of Senator Feinstein’s telephone calls, e-messages, and courier notes. Couldn’t be anything embarrassing in there, now could there be? We need another Snowdon type to reveal this info.

  • CTH says:

    Ms. DB Feinstein has adequately demonstrated that she has never read the constitution but thinks herself to be an expert in any and all subjects. Want a dumbass California has put in the senate.

  • Strength_Honor says:

    Yes, and a majority of Americans reject the notion that our phone calls, email, text messages, and keyboards can be monitored by the government. It’s probably a safe bet the same majority of us reject John Roberts swinging the SCOTUS opinion on the constitutionality of Obamacare. And last but far from least, a majority of Americans are wondering why we have a poseur in our White House who has never been properly vetted and whose constant lies and scandals are never challenged, including but not limited to the massive voter fraud of our 2012 Presidential election?

  • Art Hock says:

    Naturally. Feinstein is in favor of all the spying on American citizens but the NSA, FBI, and all the others can’t seem to catch any of the terrorists until after they have committed the crime.

    1. Scotster says:

      I wonder, why the cell phone ban on airlines then? Would seem counterproductive to the spying at first glance.

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