The other joke is that Senators rarely read the email and even their staff doesn’t read the email. They use software to respond to the general topic with an all purpose response. Even using the topic and their software they still manage not to match their form response with the actual subject of the email.
Will Congress decide to continue the military objective of pooping on the Constitution and classifying everyone as “suspects”? NSA plans to meet with a congressional committee behind closed doors for a super duper totally secret meeting. My bet is that each of the Congress critters will be handed a “file” and each file will be personalized containing blackmail data on either the congress critter and/or family members. NSA will walk away with another blank check — literally — to spend however they see fit. The biggest industry will soon be spying on American citizens and the world.
No wonder Congress has some of the lowest approval ratings in recent memory.
According to the survey, 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing in Washington, an all-time high in the poll. Just 12 percent approve of Congress’ job, while 57 percent they would replace every member of Congress if they could.
What happened to the Senate oath of office?
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. (emphasis mine)
The Shadow Factory, Ultra Secret NSA from 9/11 to to the eavesdropping on America by James Bamford has been added to my reading list.
A Washington Post Best Book of the YearJames Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency’s existence in the 1980s. Now, Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech gaze within America’s borders. The Shadow Factory reconstructs how the NSA missed a chance to thwart two of the 9/11 hijackers and details how this mistake has led to a heightening of surveillance to insure that it never happens again. In disturbing detail, Bamford describes exactly how every American’s data is being mined and by whom, and what is being done with it. Any reader who thinks America’s liberties are being protected by Congress will be shocked and appalled at what is revealed here.