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Some believe that there are no intrusions to privacy and infringements on American liberty that are too much in the name of safety. This could be a case of exactly that and all with the best of intentions. Do we only have one Senator who sees the need for some limitations?
The Senate’s annual intelligence authorization bill is alleged to contain a provision that would allow the FBI to obtain U.S. citizens’ email records without oversight – without a warrant. The bill is still classified and the committee gets to decide when the public sees the wording which is a week or two after it’s signed in committee.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was the lone dissenting vote and he said it does infringe. All the FBI would have to do is send a letter to get our email records.
Wyden’s office wrote: “The bill would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers. The FBI can currently obtain phone records with a National Security Letter, but not email records.”
Beyond Partisan Politics: What Benghazi Is Really About
Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who broke the stories of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandals, which rightfully disgraced the Nixon and Bush administrations’ war-fighting tactics – reported last week:
In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up.
That’s the part you’ve heard about: failure to protect the personnel at the embassy.
But then Hersh breaks the deeper story wide open: