Democratic Leaders: All Americans “May Be In Communication With Terrorists”
Lawmakers Endorse NSA spying with bizarre justification
July 25, 2013
The Democratic leadership nailed its colors to the big brother surveillance state mast firmly yesterday, with many voting in favor of NSA spying. Most bizarre, however, was the party line justification for doing so.
As noted in an article at The Huffington Post, the Democratic whip Steny Hoyer, whose role is to convince party members to tow the line and vote in accordance with the Obama administration, sent around a startling message to House Democrats.
While attempting to justify complete violation of the Fourth Amendment, Hoyer urged Democrats that the NSA snooping program recently exposed by Edward Snowden was aimed primarily at Americans who are attempting to communicate with terrorists.
According to the article, Hoyer’s emailed floor update read:
Amash/Conyers/Mulvaney/Polis/Massie Amendment – Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act (as codified by Section 501 of FISA) to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who may be in communication with terrorist groups but are not already subject to an investigation under Section 215
Really? Did any Democrats actually believe this?