House NSA Disgrace


I recognize that I am in a minority here, but I think it’s important for us to discuss. The House recently voted on Representative Justin Amash’s bill that would have severely curbed the NSA’s program for spying on Americans. While we as Republicans are generally known as the Party of “Strength” both militarily and politically, I don’t think opposing the NSA spying program limits our governments effectiveness.

Rep. Amash’s amendment “which would be attached to the Pentagon’s spending bill, “ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act” and “bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.”

The dissent against the Amendment was led by President Obama and the White House, who sent the NSA head to Capitol Hill to spend the day briefing Congress on the program. What is interesting was the coalition built on both sides. The attempt to curb the powers of the NSA was a partnership of conservative Republicans, libertarian Republicans, and liberal Democrats. Against the Amash amendment were the President, leadership of both parties, and the mainline followers of those leaders.  The proposal was defeated by a 217-205.

Much of the dissent was built on the idea that passing the amendment would destroy the effectiveness of the NSA’s programs to stop terrorist attacks. However, the Amash amendment seems to make provision for the NSA to get the information it deems necessary.  Under the Amash amendment the NSA would still be able to use FISA courts to get warrants in order to monitor suspected terrorists and their associates. The amendment simply ends the “blanket” collection of data from innocent American citizens who enjoy the protections of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Amendments.

uncle sam watching youSenators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) both sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee and are privy to much of the classified information that would be pertinent to stopping terror attacks. They have both refuted the idea that the NSA spy program has been used to stop any attacks, saying ‘these programs’ have disrupted ‘dozens of terrorist plots’ is misleading if the bulk phone-records collection is actually providing little or no unique value.”  This observation by two officials with access to the most sensitive data should be a crushing blow to the argument that the amendments would hinder the NSA’s effectiveness.

The reason this debate is important is that it brings up a canard that tyrannical governments are constantly using–the idea that citizens must give up their rights to ensure their safety. This is the quickest way to ensure that we may lose all of our rights. Consider Soviet Russia in the mid-1960s. I am sure that you would have been hard pressed to find a safer society …was it worth it? Be vigilant my friends,  or for fear, we may lose our liberty.

(An Update) Since the writing of this article – news has broken that federal government has also been  demanding internet providers give up the private passwords of users. The providers have been reluctant to give up user passwords but as we’ve seen on the rest of these issues, it’s likely they have already begun complying with the governments demands.







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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Leah. They have three children and enjoy the hectic pace of life in a young family. Onan and Leah are members of the Journey Church in Hiram, GA. Catch him at www.eaglerising.com

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  • PhillipeViolette

    I am surprised at some of the congress persons that voted against the amendment or disappointed would be a better description of what I feel about it.

  • ElderAmbassador

    Actually, the Amash ammendment would have curbed the little king’s power over SCOTUS, Congress, influential private citizens, political enemies, etc., so he HAD to defeat it.
    I think there were implied threats by WH that caused the defeat of a common sense ammendment.

  • AdrianVance

    Pure and simple:  Let the record show the people who voted against the bill received twice as much money from Defense Department suppliers than those who voted for it.  Corruption is our real prob lem.
    See The Two Minute Conservative via Google or: http://adrianvance.blogspot.com and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • hardr1ver

    You are not alone, my friend. Violation’s of the 4th amendment are NOT acceptable under any so called security threat! The whole N.S.A. is out of control! We had threats in the past that we’re dealt with without the VIOLATIONS to personal liberty.

  • texaselect

    Change the name to the House of Eunuchs’ less than men and less than women are our enemies in the supposed “house of reps and senate” . Treason people is what they are accomplishing and they should each be dealt with. On their own turf. Every State and People should exact a vengeance on them. “Vengeance is mine says the Lord, but he doesn’t tell us how he will exact it or who he will use as his “messengers”.

  • BarackHussein

    It is high time we change out the old guard… after all, they are the ones that have brought us to this point.

  • spyderdalton

    Obama’s unaccountability for his crimes against the American people are being aided and abetted by Congress .Law Enforcement’s hands are tied due to a felonious criminal heading the Justice dept. and is in contempt of Congress.  NSA’s spying on all American’s is protection for Obama’s tyrannical push for one world order not for “outside” terror attacks.  It is protecting the Jihad in the white house.

  • fireme

    Congressman Pettinger of NC sided with Obama in deciding that the NSA should have all the power to spy on Americans at anytime for any reason.

  • still praying

    i called my rep personally

  • SilasDoGood

    I do not care that the NSA is listening….Hey NSA, if you listen to my calls, I hope you like hearing that my friends and I believe the NSA employees are nothing but fags and lesbos, if you are reading my mail, then pay my bills, if you watching my internet use, I KNOW you like porn, just clean up after yourselves….  Far too many alleged Republicans SOLD OUT THE AMERICA PEOPLE IN THIS VOTE. 
    Remember this in the next elections, if there are any…….
    Patriots, be Armed, be Prepared….the battle is coming soon.