Who is watching your Representative? Probably the NSA.
The Department of Justice admits that, just like the rest of us your member of Congress is probably being monitored by the NSA. We shouldn’t be worried about this spying, says the DOJ, because they’re ‘not allowed to look at’ the material without a good reason. In other words their system of monitoring emails, phone calls and other information is so widespread they can’t NOT monitor a given person!
Deputy Attorney General James Cole of the US Department of Justice testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing which was examining proposals to reform the NSA surveillance policies that have been revealed in an ongoing series of disclosures since June. Among the most damning revelations leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was the realization that the NSA indiscriminately forces companies to provide phone records belonging to millions of Americans.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA.) pressed Cole Tuesday on whether the NSA dragnet includes the number codes that pertain to congressional offices.
“Mr. Cole, do you collect 202-225 and four digits afterwards?” Issa asked, as quoted by the National Journal.
“We probably do, Mr. Congressman,” Cole replied. “But we’re not allowed to look at any of those, however, unless we have reasonable, articulable suspicion that those numbers are related to a known terrorist threat.”
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