Washington Post finds: "The population under scrutiny in the PRISM and Upstream programs is far larger than the government has suggested"
Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement regarding a recent story in the Washington Post which states "ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the NSA from U.S. digital networks.":
"The material reviewed by the Post spans President Obama’s first term, from 2009 to 2012, a period of exponential growth in NSA’s domestic spying operation. Jeanne Shaheen’s baseless assurances have proven flagrantly misleading: 'the [NSA] oversight that is involved ... will be helpful in providing some reassurance … about how the program is operated.' (Valley News 8/8/13)
“With Jeanne Shaheen acquiescence, the President and NSA have trampled on our 4th Amendment protections. We cannot trust that our private emails and phone conversations are not being abused, given that NSA grants access by tens of thousands of government employees and poorly supervised private contractors. In March 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified falsely to Congress that the content of American citizens’ private messages could not be obtained without a court order. True to form as President Obama’s rubber stamp, Jeanne Shaheen has failed to demand protection of our constitutional privacy rights. As your next U.S. Senator, I will speak out unabashedly against and work to defund and bar such constitutional breaches."
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