According to a report from The Hill, the USA Freedom Act authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), the original author of the USA Patriot Act in 2001 will be introduced in the morning.
It is aimed at reining in the NSA and prohibiting their broad brush spying on private citizens phone records as well as spying on our allies. The damage has already been done, and it was under the command of President Obama and under supervision of this Congress. It may be chalked up as more dysfunction and mismanagement, but the consequences are real and damaging.
Do you want people like that running your spy operation, those who operate well outside the boundaries of our Constitution?
Even Dianne Feinstein is fit to be tied.
This is a case in which this President needs to be called onto the carpet.
In case you are wondering why American spies would wiretap Chancellor Merkel of Germany, here is a hypothetical.
Go back to the news in 2010.
“Merkel heads for US without concrete pledge on released Guantanamo inmates
Officially Chancellor Merkel travels to the US for the Washington summit and to discuss
Afghanistan and trade policy. But simmering debates about Guantanamo and US nuclear warheads are expected to dominate the agenda.
Obama and Merkel have no shortage of things to talk about
Angela Merkel’s four-day visit to the United States will likely be dominated by policy issues not included in the German chancellor’s official agenda.
One thing that Merkel will be seeking from US President Barack Obama is a clear signal that Washington intends to remove its last remaining nuclear warheads from German soil. This is in keeping with the security policy of Merkel’s center-right coalition government.
Obama on the other hand will be looking for a signal from Merkel that Germany will fulfill its pledge of helping him close the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay by accepting released inmates.”
She was beating up Obama about his policies while he was trying to run for reelection. Remember also that back in 2005 the German government released a suspected al Qaeda terrorist.
“German Papers: Germany Released al-Qaida Terror Suspect
When something goes wrong with German laws, the fingers often start pointing at Brussels. But on Monday, the Federal Constitutional Court overturned Germany’s law implementing the EU arrest warrant because it didn’t take advantage of the flexibility Brussels envisioned. And that, the court said, is dangerous for Germans. The price of the sloppy draft: a suspected al-Qaida terrorist had to be released from jail.”
Then there was that entire matter of WWII just awhile back.
“Administration denies halting spying against American allies
By Justin Sink – 10/28/13 07:31 PM ET
A senior administration official on Monday rejected Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein’s claim that the U.S. has halted intelligence collection against its allies.
In a statement released earlier Monday, the California Democrat said that the White House “has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue.”
But the administration official called that statement “not accurate.”
“While we have made some individual changes, which I cannot detail, we have not made across the board changes in policy like, for example, terminating intelligence collection that might be aimed at all allies,” the administration official said.
After the administration’s statement, a spokesman for Feinstein clarified that the senator intended to say that the U.S. was ceasing “collection on foreign allied leaders.”