Thursday, June 13, 2013

NSA Scandal - #4512 - This Will Not Make You Feel Better About NSA Getting Warrants from the FISA Court to Spy on Americans - American Thinker (2) Voters Rate Surveillance Controversy Most Serious, IRS Second - Rasmussen Reports (3) The Chuck Shumer Republicans Roll Amnesty Train Down the Cliff - Redstate (4) House Committee Looks to IRS Seizure of 60 Million medical records, Daily Caller

This Will Not Make You Feel Better About NSA Getting Warrants from the FiSA Court to Spy on Americans - American Thinker - Gee...for a moment there I was worried. But then, we were reminded that the NSA internet surveillance program PRISM only targets foreigners and the spooks need a warrant from a secret FISA court judge to do otherwise. It's nice to know our constitutional checks and balances are working - even in secret, right? Not exactly. You see, the FISA court is a joke. And by joke, I mean a gold-plated, rip-roarious, 50 carat knee slapper of a joke. Reason Magazine: After last week's revelations extensive National Security Agency surveillance of phone and internet communications, President Barack Obama made it a point to assure Americans that, not to worry, there is plenty of oversight of his administration's snooping programs. "We've got congressional oversight and judicial oversight," he said Friday, referring in part to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was created in 1979 to oversee Department of Justice requests for surveillance warrants against foreign agents suspected of espionage or terrorism in the United States. But the FISC has declined just 11 of the more than 33,900 surveillance requests made by the government in 33 years, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. That's a rate of .03 percent, which raises questions about just how much judicial oversight is actually being provided. Read more: 

(2) Voters Rate Surveillance Controversy Most Serious, IRS Second - Rasmussen Reports - Voters now rate the federal government’s secret surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone calls as the most serious controversy in Washington, The Justice Department’s targeting of reporters and the Obama administration’s handling of events surrounding the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya are seen as the least serious. Read more.......

(3) The Chuck Schumer Republicans Roll Amnesty Train Down the Cliff - Redstate - The Senate just voted 82-15 to proceed with debate on the amnesty/immigration deform bill. Every Democrat voted yes, laying waste to the notion that there are still moderate red state Democrats. 15 Republicans voted to stand with We the People against the La Raza foreign lobby/K Street juke box: Barrasso, Boozman, Crapo, Cruz, Enzi, Grassley, Inhofe, Kirk, Lee, Risch, Roberts, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Vitter McCain, Murkowski, and Coburn were not present for the vote. The former two would have voted for it anyway. [Update: Coburn voted yes on the second procedural motion to proceed.] The rest of the Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, all voted to proceed with debate, thereby sealing the fate of the bill and ensuring that a phony cosmetic compromise is hatched to pass the bill and pressure the House. We will hear a lot of statements about the need to proceed with debate in order to “strengthen” the bill. It’s akin to advocating for debate on Obamacare so we can fix the beast. This bill is beyond fixing, and even if there was a way to fix it, Democrats along with McConnell and Cornyn have made it clear that their idea of tweaking the bill is strengthening the enforcement after legalization. Rubio actually plans to offer amendments to place provisions in the bill that he originally claimed were a part of the legislation to begin with (the Zuckerberg ads still tout that original speech). Read more......

(4) House Committee Looks Into IRS Seizure of S60 Million Medical Records - Daily Caller - Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are looking into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service seized 60 million medical records from a California health care provider. “(T)he Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the course of executing a search warrant at a California health care provider’s corporate headquarters in March 2011, improperly seized the personal medical records of millions of American citizens in possible violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” members of the committee wrote in a letter Tuesday to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel. The letter to Werfel, which requires a response by June 25, comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by an unnamed health-care provider against the IRS in California Superior Court. Read more........

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