NSA phone records collection will persist as contentious issue
The U.S. House of Representatives rejects an amendment to curb the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone records.
But the vote was sufficiently close (217--205) to ensure that this issue will not fade. It also united tea party and libertarian types with liberals/progressives. Not surprisingly, Delaware's lone U.S. House member - John Carney - voted with the "establishment" to defeat the amendment to curtail the NSA's bulk collection of phone call records.
You can hear my interview with POLITICO's Deputy Congressional Editor -- Dan Berman...
Disappointed, but not surprised, by Carney's vote.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 2:31pm
Better stop the NSA before it gets tied in to the IRS and the Obama health care scheme. All these ingredients together are a perfect recipe for totalitarian dictatorship.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 5:33pm
I just had to laugh a little at the headline which states it will continue as a contentious issue.
Then I see only two comments, kind of both amounting to little more than a "yep..." I guess it is not too contentious after all.. :)
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 9:33pm
I guess Bill Smith/Mark Rice has ended his reign of terror for the time being. Sure has been kinda boring without him.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 7:48am
I wouldn't read too much into this particular vote. The NSA, and every other government agency, will do what it wants to anyway, and the politicians know that. I see this vote as a symbol for either "I'm against big government" or "I'm for protecting the nation's security" - depends on who you are running against in the next election.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 9:28pm
Yep. Can't argue with Dunmore on that one.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 2:44pm
If we cut the budget out from under the NSA the economic consequences would be huge. Particularly among the myriads of private contractors.
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